When manager Brendan Rodgers took the Celtic job last season, one of the first things he did was to remind the support of the way he wanted his team to play.
That involved having lots of possession, keeping the ball and pulling opponents out of position.
To play this kind of system, you need to have players wanting the ball, players comfortable on the ball, and fans that are patient while all this is going on. After all, we’re in this together.
Maybe Brendan had been to previous games at Celtic Park where the crowd were getting edgy and starting to get on the back of the players or it could be, as a supporter he could relate to the impatience of the average fan.
Whatever it was, the fans duly obliged. And have done so since he came into the club.
However, I did notice in our last Champions League qualifier at Paradise against Norwegian champions Rosenberg, a bit of the old moaning creeping into the game. It might have been due to the Green Brigade not being present, you could hear more from individuals or just down to the lack of goals in the game.
Whatever the reason, Rosenberg certainly got a lift from it.
Regardless of how the game is going against FC Astana tonight, let’s make sure we ALL get right behind the team. The return of the Green Brigade is sure to crank up the volume anyway, but we’ve got to be patient, just like Brendan asked for last season.
After all, the game is hard enough without giving the team from Kazakhstan any encouragement.
Go do it Bhoys!
*And a very Happy Birthday to our good friend and Lisbon Lion John Fallon.
The big man will be in his customary place at Celtic Park tonight, cheering on the team he supported as a Bhoy, and was lucky enough to play between the sticks for, spending 14 years in Paradise.
The Original Holy Goalie, John bleeds green and white. A gentleman. Celtic through and through.
Hail! Hail! John.
See you at the game.