One of the things that stood out a mile yesterday was how good the goals were. Even the ones where the finish wasn’t particularly special came about because we’ve gotten very good at opening up defences.
Three of them were right out of the top drawer.
The two over-head kicks are special goals, goals from players who have found a new level of confidence. It’s not the first Giakoumakis has scored, but when you consider how this guy started his Celtic career to where he is now it’s night and day.
Jenz, who was getting stick from Chris Sutton over his debut, as though they guy wasn’t settling into a new team and system, was excellent yesterday and the goal marked his surging confidence.
That’s a sure sign of a player who is right on track to be a bit special.
It’s his second goal in a week, at a time when the media is wetting itself over an Ibrox striker.
Kyogo got his second in seven days too.
But of course, the performance of the day and the goal of the day, was Jota’s.
He was magnificent once again. His goal was a thing of beauty, sheer artistry, the mark of a player who is now firing on all cylinders, a player who has the bit between his teeth and can produce the goods week in week out.
The BBC did want to discuss the goal in some detail, but their focus was on whether the goalkeeper should have got to the ball instead of concentrating on the beauty of the strike itself.
That’s typical of the “national broadcaster” and its increasing negativity.
I expect no favours from the BBC. They haven’t laid out their allegiances, as such, but they’ve made it clear whose tune they now dance to. We are going to get nothing from them because anything we do get might upset their new “official media partners.”
And if there are some of their journalists who don’t like that, too bad.
They can take it up with their bosses who’ve come to the agreement, paid their money and left the credibility of the organisation and those who work for it shredded.
The minute they ponied up their dough that was that. Media outlets paying the organisations they cover … it’s scandalous and nothing they say will ever be able to justify it or convince people their coverage isn’t tainted by it.
It reflects on everyone who works there. How can it not?
Jota’s goal is a masterpiece of skill and execution.
The accuracy, the power … that’s all we should be talking about, but the BBC’s desire to debate whether or not it was simply down to bad goalkeeping is perfectly in line with how they’ve been behaving for weeks.
Ange’s patience with them has already worn thin.
He’s had to rebuke them already this season, and we’re only three games in.
They should have asked him whether the keeper was to blame for Jota’s goal; I suspect that his response would have been highly amusing and not in the least bit amused. He understood how some of them operate long before this season started; last year he had to answer no end of ignorant and stupid questions.
Still, this represents another episode in a long line of them, and it comes at a time when we should be trying to talk our game up. Instead, we get the national broadcaster taking the spotlight away from the best footballer in the nation right now and putting it in the hapless hands of a keeper instead. What a joke that is.
Celtic fans know what they watched yesterday; quality, and in particular three of the goals. The long range effort from Jota was easily the best of them, and a goal of the season contender.
Whether the BBC or anyone else likes that or not.