I had a look at the story on the official site this morning about a compilation CD with various versions of the Celtic Song being released. After the initial pleasure of seeing Emilio Izaguirre and Scott Brown on their feet unaided, what struck me most was the apparent body mass of the two players we would normally consider our midfield enforcers, Scott and Beram Kayal.
Against Paddy McCourt, Joe Ledley and Emilio, not to mention men of considerable bulk, like Charlie Mulgrew, they are comparatively svelte and diminutive. The central midfield role is about mobility and football-intelligence more than anything else. How you use your weight against an opponent is as important as having the weight to begin with, but when the margins between winning and not winning are so tight, getting the physical balance right is important.
I don’t think I’ve been happy with a Celtic 4-4-2 line-up for years but playing Scott, Beram and a couple of wingers across midfield feels like an invitation for more limited opponents to bully this area, something the Highlanders did very effectively the last time we visited Inverness.
After mentioning tomorrow’s Fans Against Criminalisation meeting in yesterday’s blog I read Joe O’Rourke’s item on the Supporters’ Association site on the same subject with a mixture of horror and foreboding. The First Minister would be well advised to quickly reign-in whatever loose cannons he has roaming the corridors of power. Well done to Joe for bringing this to the attention of a wider audience.
The guys from the Alzheimer’s charity, FootballMemories,org.uk asked me to bring their site to your attention. They work with Alzheimer patients, using the universal platform football provides us all, to engage and invoke recollections. The site has lots of great Celtic stories, take a look and add your own.
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