Celtic’s Performance Sent Out A Warning To The Rest. Ange Sent Out Another.

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The promise of pre-season was there today, in a lot of ways. You saw that players are hungry and ready for the new campaign. Some of the movement was excellent. The closing down and the work rate was phenomenal. A lot went totally right.

Yet we didn’t finish that game off as soon as we could have or in the style we might have done. There were a lot of chances, and a lot of sloppy finishing. We created enough of them to have won five or six matches … the score could have reflected that.

When a team is as dominant as we were today, especially in the first game of a new campaign, you expect the manager to be pleased. He wasn’t. Not totally. And he let his players know it. Ange is not the new guy in town anymore, the guy who had to please a lot of people and win friends before he could start to influence things.

He’s the Man now. He’s the leader. He’s a title winning boss at this club, and he has set this team standards and by God he will not allow this team to follow below them. That is incredible. That is a warning to his own footballers … and to every other club in the league. This guy intends to drive this team to even greater heights than in the last campaign.

And that should concern everyone at those clubs. That should not be something they casually dismiss as just talk. Even as we were putting sides to the sword last season on a regular basis, Ange knew there was more to come from this side.

He’s determined to get there, to dig every bit of talent out of this team and see them in a stronger position than ever before. If the man isn’t satisfied with a win like that he’s no longer playing the benevolent dad role … he’s playing the demanding father figure who wants to see the kids graduate with honours. We are about to go up a gear.

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  • jrm63 says:

    He was quite right. Kyogo was well off the pace and Maeda’s finishing and first touch were of the usual standard. They want too many touches before striking the ball.

  • Kevan McKeown says:

    Always important to get the win, but first few games of the season usually all about findin your feet. Sometimes it happens quickly, other times it doesn’t. Really good link up stuff there today and we’ll taken goals, especially Jota’s. Where there’s improvement needed, confident the manager will notice it and get it sorted.

  • Roonsa says:

    I didn’t really notice much difference from last season. 70% possession, not creating or taking enough chances. Yet Aberdeen had one big chance the whole game when Johnny Hayes should have scored at the end of the 1st half. Other than that I was not worried. I thought we were comfortable and when Jota lashed in the winner I knew it was over. I thought it was comfortable. I don’t think it really sent out a message other than we haven’t got any weaker. It’s when we play the big boys that messages will be sent out. Aberdeen were rank today. Disappointing from them, really.

    • Dora says:

      Totally agree Roonsa, same story again-totally dominant in every area but if Johnny had scored, Aberdeen would have done a Martindale on it and a score draw could have been the outcome…after all that dominance!
      Still feel Celtic are an the improve and some still haven’t shown their true potential, scary proposition for others when Celtic do just that!
      Can’t see Celtic being knocked off their perch…top of the League now till the end of season..!!
      I’m hoping for a pre Christmas pay out from Patrick Power..

  • Nick66 says:

    The Don’s did create a chance or 2. We were in control throughout the match. Much to like, much to accept that once we have a couple of games under our belts this squad will kick on and put most to the sword. Don’s have had a good start to their season and it showed in the way they kept at it. Our Bhoys will settle into a rhythm and enhance the quality of finishing in the next couple of games. Today, satisfactory win. Top of the pile.

  • Frankiebhoy says:

    Why was Boyd speaking on our game today and where was he speaking from

  • John says:

    Overall a pretty comfortable win.Played some excellent stuff at times but as has been said by so many, we squandered too many chances. Joe Hart, not a save to make apart from a routine tip over the bar and only moment of concern when Jonny Hayes let us off the hook. think we try to walk the ball into the net too much. one pass too many when in good positions. Have a pop at goal. If its on target then the keeper has to make a save. If you dither, makes you look indecisive and gives defenders time to get tackles in..The best is yet to come! HH

  • John S says:

    Good performance from Greg Taylor.

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