It’s all starting to click for Brendan’s Bhoys.
That was an excellent display today, especially in the first half when we looked like we could have scored at will and where Dembele and Edouard combined to great effect. There’s something good happening here; Brendan has taken the lessons of last season when we didn’t score enough goals and applied them to the coming season … we are going to destroy teams in this campaign, and that’s what’s been clear watching the team in the last few weeks.
There’s a hunger about these players right now which is equally obvious. They want to do well. They want to keep on making the history. The whole club is buzzing. A couple of signings and we’re going to be in the best shape we’ve ever been in.
The way we moved the ball today was joyous to watch at times.
This is a team which is already finding its sharp edge, and it’s going to cut teams open like a samurai sword. I know a lot of focus this close-season has been on our so-called rivals and I understand why even if it was rank madness.
It was because we weren’t at our best in the last campaign and people stupidly assumed that we would be allowed to further stagnate.
Well even though there have been no new signings there is a fresh, new, system and the players are responding to it.
Their heads up are up. They are already playing with confidence, and that should scare the living daylights out of our domestic competitors because this team doesn’t look anything like the oft-times lethargic one that finished last season.
Two up front is part of the reason of course, but it’s also about the fact that our players look fit and fresh and raring to go. Dembele looks as if he’s right in the mood again, and with a partner to play off he is going to be a devastating weapon.
Edouard looks every inch the quality footballer we broke the club transfer record for. I am delighted with him.
But this extends to other players as well of course; the more I see Callum McGregor these days the clearer it becomes that he, too, has become a footballer of marvellous technical ability and a predators eye for goal.
He is the reason we could afford to let go of Armstrong; anybody who asks where our midfield goals will come from need look no further.
Scott Sinclair hasn’t been starting games in the pre-season but he looks more confident and relaxed than I’ve seen him in a while. Brown remains imperious, untouchable, in that holding midfield position. Even the kids coming through look great, and Mikey Johnston in particular.
There is a lot to be really, really pleased at for Celtic fans today … and a lot to be really, really afraid of it you are a supporter of any other Scottish club. I don’t care who else thinks they are “ready”; there’s nobody ready for what this team will do them.