John Guidetti has put himself out there by letting us know he’ll score a hat-trick in next month’s League Cup semi-final. I’m not normally an advocate of showing confidence, if not contempt, for opponents prior to a game, but Guidetti’s comments come against a rich canvas.
The player is in a rut and will be feeling the weight of disappointment with each passing chance. He is a goal-scorer, he’ll score again, but he needs to find the spark to fire-up the second part of his season.
You will remember Kenny Miller ran his guts out in his early months as a Celtic player but it was not until a game against oldco Rangers in September that his landmark first Celtic goal arrived. Kris Commons has been a scoring sensation throughout his time at the club apart from his second season, when he took until April before scoring, a delightful chip over the oldco keeper.
Ahead of both of those games I knew it was all going to come together for Miller and Commons. John Guidetti has set himself a target. He will probably score before that game but he knows how important it is to perform at Hampden. He is good enough to deliver on this one, don’t bet against him.
Contrast John’s comments to those last week from newco defender, Steven Smith, who said, “The fans will probably be dreading [the Celtic game]because in the big games this season, we haven’t done well. Everybody has got their opinions and are entitled to them.
“But with the results we have been having and the way we have been playing, I don’t think we can think about it too much.”
You will be hard pushed to find a clearer example of the language of failure: “dreading”, “haven’t done well” and “the way we’ve been playing”. You normally need to work a bit to find a player’s insecurities. It’s good of John Guidetti to mark his card on what to expect. Give me a confident striker over a scared defender any day.
The Second Annual Celtic Supporter’s Féile is on the weekend of Friday 30 January 30 – Sunday 1 February in Philadelphia. The events include live music each day, the US premier of The Asterisk Years, with a Q&A with Paul Larkin and Graham Wilson of Beyond the Waves podcast, as well as live coverage of our first ever meeting with newco Rangers in the League Cup semi-final.
You can find more information, including how to book, here.[calameo code=0003901718eccc6101c78 lang=en page=1 hidelinks=1 width=100% height=500]