Tackling is part and parcel of the game. Good players, with the exception of most forward, know how to tackle.
Putting in a good tackle can win you the possession to start your own moves with the ball, or subsequently putting in a poor or bad tackle can put you, and your team under pressure.
Six minutes into the game on Saturday, Sevco’s left back Beerman put in a poor tackle, and pulled Paddy Roberts down inside the box to give Celtic a penalty. Probably inexperience from the defender cost his team, as Paddy was moving away from goal.
At this point, the referee had already been generous in not giving a penalty against Clint Hill for blocking Callum McGregors early shot with his arm.
As Celtic dominated the ball, any tackles coming in were mostly mistimed or just reckless, from a disjointed Ibrokes side, probably out of frustration at being bossed on their home pitch.
On twenty-five minutes, central defender Jozo Simunovic epitomised the commitment and superior ability of the Celtic team, when he clearly won a 50/50 tackle with Kenny Miller in the middle of our half, sending the Sevco player skywards with his momentum.
There was no doubt Jozo won the ball, there was no doubt it was a fair tackle, the referee was five yards away from it, and there’s no doubt, when we needed to win the ball, we did. Our players know how to tackle.
Of course the home side were incensed, they’ve never seen tackling like that, fair and hard, so they resorted to their usual brutality, with Josh Windass counting himself a lucky guy to stay on the park, after wiping out first goalscorer Scott SInclair on the far touchline.
Ultimately, they just can’t tackle, fairly.
Maybe in an effort to deflect from their deficiencies, I saw this morning in the SMSM, Miller moaning about the ‘horror tackle’ from Jozo. It could be he’s getting mixed up with the real ‘horror tackle’ of his team mate Andy Halliday on Paddy Roberts the week before.
Or HIS two footed lunge on Stuart Armstrong at Celtic Park last month, that went unpunished by Brother Bobby…..