It’s amazing after Friday night’s 1-0 win we’ve allowed the narrative to become so negative. Thanks to a last minute lapse in concentration, first from substitute Stuart Armstrong, then from stand-in centre back Nir Bitton, Partick had a good claim for a penalty, that thankfully referee Andrew Dallas turned down.
Of course the Thistle manager Alan Archibald made the most of the incident, as you’d expect, but failed to mention the chances Celtic missed throughout the game and the equally decent call captain Scott Brown had for a goal that was disallowed.
Archibald also failed to tell us how he set up his team at home to defend and try hit Celtic on the break. That of course is his prerogative, but surely if you’re playing at home you have a duty to try and win the game. Negative tactics bore fans, and he’d be the first to moan about low crowds.
The game did finish 1-0 to the InVIncibles, yes, the result meant the team is now on an incredible 51 domestic games unbeaten. In other words, manager Brendan Rodgers, players Scott Sinclair, Moussa Dembele, Olivier Ntcham, Jonny Hayes, Kouassi Eboue, Kundai Benyu, Cristian Gamboa and Doris De Vries have yet to taste a domestic defeat since joining the club.
Maybe we’ve become complacent as fans. Maybe we’re expecting every game to be a convincing win. Unfortunately, football doesn’t work like that.
Teams, like Partick sit in and make things difficult. For them its easier to stop us playing than create something themselves. Which basically means we have to find the answers.
We just have to keep backing the Bhoys, we always get there in the end…