In every season, there is a game where the team, management and fans look back and say, ‘that was the game that…’
There’s one game, domestically, this season that sticks out for me, and I’m sure for many fans, and that’s our 4-3 win at Motherwell at the beginning of December.
The Bhoys hadn’t lost a goal for eight games only to find us behind to a Louis Moult volley after three minutes. For some reason, the Hoops just didn’t get out of first gear, and played a slow pedestrian game in front of the Motherwell defence.
To make matters worse Moult got his second just before half time to double the home side’s advantage. The player had just missed a gilt edged chance minute before!
So Celtic found themselves 2-0 at the interval, a situation Brendan Rodgers was yet to experience on Scottish soil.
But I remember saying to my pal at the game, we had a ‘feeling’ the Bhoys would get back into the game, and maybe nick a point. Call it intuition, or whatever you want, but there was just something there.
Brendan, who’d already subbed Emilio after half an hour, went for a back three in the second half, putting another body into the midfield, thus taking control of the game.
In one of the best 45 minutes of the season, the champions scored FOUR times, with Motherwell, nicking another, to run out 4-3 winners from a game that looked out of our reach at half-time.
Callum McGregor, Paddy Roberts, Stuart Armstrong and Tom Rogic all got their names on the score sheet, in what I believe to be the game that showed Celtic had the bottle to go all the way this season..