Brace yourself. It was a simple step, but when referee Nick Walsh warned the Livingston keeper for timewasting early in the game last night, at a stroke he stopped one of the drags afflicting Celtic games. Hopefully other referees will hear of this ground-breaking move and act accordingly in future.
If a referee could only bring himself to notice the other Great Tactic when facing Celtic: put your body between ball and man, then flop to the ground when the Celtic player is in contact, our sport would be transformed. Until then, Celtic will doubtlessly continue their untroubled march to the title.
Greg Taylor is having the season of his life and was rewarded with the opening goal last night. Setup perfectly by his first touch, he shot through a busy penalty area into the corner of the net. It was just rewards for a man who has made himself invaluable to our play.
For the second time in a month, Daizen Maeda’s desire to press inside the opponents box brought the ultimate prize when an attempted clearance ricocheted off him into the net. If you don’t buy a ticket….. you don’t earn a league winner’s medal.
I am sure Livingston are better than they looked last night. As halftime approached, they appeared punch drunk and when a poor attempt to intercept failed, Kyogo was left one-on-one with the last defender. No one backed the defender. I expect even David Martindale looked away as his approaching team-talk turned into a ‘keep it respectable’ exercise. Still, he has the PPP Table to console himself with. If only Opta carried a points-per-pound stat he might get the Man City gig when Pep moves on.