Celtic did not do enough to earn three points against Motherwell on Saturday. Kyogo’s turn and shot – off target, Rocco Vata’s cross onto the head of Oh – also off target, were as close as we came, but it was insufficient. Without Hatate and Jota, we are easier to defend against, without Abada, we have one less match-winner.
This far into the season, you and I are familiar with time-wasting antics; Motherwell excelled in this department. An injured player, mostly off the field, managed to cling to some on-field territory for an entire physio visit. Another rolled around in distress after bumping into the chest of Oh. Motherwell’s Kevin van Veen was already booked when he carried a second ball onto the field in a blatant attempt at time-wasting. Referee John Beaton looked the other way.
Fair play to Motherwell. If we are back in the Bernabeu on Champions League duty, I would expect Celtic to do the same. It is the referee who sets the parameters for time-wasting. The game will be disrupted until he shows sufficient resolve to caution players. Or he can just acquiesce and be party to a farce.
Celtic already have a Coronation Cup, so it’s appropriate for the club to win a Coronation League on the weekend of 6/7 May. It would be even better if Hibernian were the opposition, ‘ensure Parkhead is covered in shamrocks of green.’