I’m getting beside myself with annoyance at the emergence of blog and online distractions ahead of the most important game of the season. Darling-Salmond do not get my heart pounding, Henrik Larsson’s summer conversation with Celtic (he was asked if he was interested, he said he’s not ready, nothing more than that), and despite the need to sign players, they would be pointless if we don’t win tonight.
This is our Cup Final, our biggest game of the season by some margin. This game determines what pace our development project proceeds at, what players we can attract and who we can afford. For the season ahead, this is our α and Ω.
For the players, it is a joy. A gift. This is their chance to perform a task they are more than capable of in front of an appreciative crowd. For Ronny and Johnny, it is their first stake in the ground.
Don’t assume it will be straightforward. It could be a long night, we may lose the first goal, but it takes a brave team to leave Celtic Park with the spoils on a European night. We have to remain patient early on; Maribor will tire as the game progresses. The final 15 minutes should be Celtic’s most productive.
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