Normally I don’t pay too much attention to international football, my usual interest is mainly the well being of our players while away, but the inclusion of SIX Celtic players in Gordon Strachans Scotland team to play Lithuania last night piqued my interest.
Over the years you become a bit accustomed to watching disjointed and less than cohesive football as many players are used as square pegs in round holes.
But last night the performance of the Scottish team was almost like watching the current Celtic team play, and to prove the point, I was on more than one occasion caught out cheering for the Bhoys in dark blue, such was the similarity.
The influence of the Celtic players on this World Cup campaign cannot be ignored, the style, the pressing and the patience was almost like watching Celtic on a Champions League night. Minus the amazing atmosphere of course.
Craig Gordon, Kieran Tierney, captain Scott Brown, Stuart Amstrong, who scored the first goal, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths all played their part in the 3-0 victory in Vilnius. Add to the mix a former Celtic player, Charlie Mulgrew and a former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan then there is definitely a Celtic influence.
Yet, some people, mainly in the SMSM, tell us Celtic’s domination isn’t good for Scottish Football….