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More cunning than Tiger Woods at a cocktail bar

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I’ve been meaning to speak to you about this for a while; thought I would wait until the new season, see if anything changed, maybe we could avoid having the chat.

There are different ways of watching football games.  There’s the way we watch World Cup games, as unpartisan observers, which is completely different to the way we watch Celtic games.  If I’m watching a game in the English lower leagues with a one-time Celtic target, I’ll watch him closely, usually paying scant regard to anyone else.  The same is true if I’m watching the likes of Wigan with Sean Maloney.

When I watch a game before writing a match report I often get a different perspective.  The game flows in the normal manner but I then have to look at my notes and compose a report.  It’s the notes that are often unexpected, they tell a story of incidents, not of what is essentially a pursuit which flows for 90 minutes.  For Celtic, the incidents overwhelmingly, often as much as 80% of the time, involve one player.

He’s not the quickest, the most industrious, or the strongest, but Kris Commons makes things happen at a level no one else at Celtic comes close to.  The evidence screams out at me every time I check my notes.

I’m sure Celtic will recognise this with a new contract but there’s reason to worry about this now.  What if he’s injured, what if opponents figure out they better stop supply to him, what if his form shades, as it did two years ago?

I like the look of the squad.  Lustig, Matthews, Izaguirre, Ambrose, Brown, Mulgrew, Johansen, Forrest, Biton, Stokes, Griffiths, Forster and van Dijk offer consistent standards of performance, most look comfortable in Champions League football, but the dependence on one creative talent feels like an unnecessary vulnerability.

As I said, football is not an incident-dependent sport, like golf, it is a flowing pursuit which requires industry, concentration and strategy, without which, the creatives would end up playing lower league football.  But to win games, you need someone to invoke six of seven incidents more cunning than Tiger Woods at a cocktail bar*.

*Kris Commons behaviour at cocktail bars is impeccable, he is capable of on-field cunning only.

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  1. Geordie Munro on

    Por cierto @1109

     

     

     

    Tickets are being allocated so you are in a similar position to the one you have at Celtic park.

  2. Marc Crosas

     

     

    I liked him, but he played in a team that didn’t pass and move. He always looked for a forward pass if it was there… More often than not it wasn’t

  3. Marc Crosas, Massimo Donatti, Jiri Jarosik

     

     

    All very good footballers. All had days when it looked like they were going to be a mainstay. Looked decent in Europe when they played and in fair weather matches at Paradise.

     

    Ultimately they weren;t suited to the Scottish game.

     

     

    LB

  4. Any movement on Murrayfield Lodge?

     

     

     

    p.s. Lunchtime Quiz- Fastest Finger First special – just after 12

  5. traditionalist88 on

    Livibhoy

     

     

    Jarosik twice almost found the top tier of the Lisbon Lions stand with attempts at goal, he’d have been useful next week at Murrayfield;)

     

     

    HH

  6. I’m intrigued by the many posts where the Murrayfield Hotel is referred to as the Murrayfield Lodge. In all my time drinking in there prior to rugby internationals I’ve never known it as the Lodge !! Is there a meeting of the OO prior to the game as well as CQN ?? :-)

  7. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    The Onlooker,

     

     

    At least A BYGONE HUN has the guts to tell it like it is……

  8. Just saw interview of ch4 jon snow speaking with israeli terrorist.

     

     

    Brillant and daring he was, very refreshing to see.

     

     

    Reminded me of the documentary i watched couple of years ago about how the media is used to sway public opinion on major events.

     

     

    Well worth the watch. Its on youtube for anyone who is interested.

     

     

    The war you dont see- john pilger

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