Five takeaways from Celtic-Livi

Let’s all do the Broony: Scott Brown got one to go in yesterday against Livingston, when he wasn’t slapping around Lyndon Dykes for most of the game, in Celtic’s 4-0 victory. Photo: The Celtic Star

Revenge is a dish best served cold, as the saying goes. And enough time has passed between the last game with Livingston and Saturday’s match that the 4-0 thumping of Livi was an entirely welcome treat. For an in-depth analysis on the game, you’ll want to read what The Sandman has to say about it here, but my five takeaways from the match are as follows.

1. Jeremie Frimpong: 21st Century Jinky

There. I said it. I know it might be heresy, but I don’t care: If you watch old clips of Jimmy Johnstone and then watch Jeremie Frimpong play this season, you can see the resemblance. It’s uncanny. Just as Jinky tied up defenders in knots with his ball-handling skills, leaving them in the proverbial dust, so does young Jeremie. No amount of jersey grabbing or hard tackles, as Frimpong experienced yesterday, can stop the kid. In a transfer window that has garnered so much talent, his signing is probably the best of the lot. That’s saying much in the face of acquisitions like Fraser Forster, Hatem Elhamed and Mohammed Elyounoussi. Now, as Scott Brown attests to here in jest, if only the kid works on his shooting skills . . . .

2. Scott Brown scorching the scoresheet

Captain. Leader. Legend. DVD star. Goal-scoring machine. Yep, that just about sums it up in describing Scott Brown, as “the captain” — as he’s called to an annoying degree on the Celtic TV play-by-play broadcasts — has a new-found, and completely welcome, propensity for hitting the back of the net. On a personal note, watching the game in my office on Saturday morning, when Brown scored, I did the Broony and knocked three binders off a shelf in the process. All of which is to say, I can easily get used to Broony scoring, as well as picking up binders from my office floor every time he does.

3. Welcome back, Griff

Truth be told, every time Leigh Griffiths gets onto the pitch, I hold my breath. There’s a lot of pressure there to perform at the level in which he is capable, and my main concern is that it doesn’t do him in. Though I’m not his Dad or anything, there are few things in life that I want more than to have Griff play up to his potential of games past. Though he did not end up on the scoresheet yesterday, his run against Livi showed a lot of promise, and the timing on some great passes to him yesterday will come in the next game or two. Welcome back, hunskelper!

James ‘Flash’ Forrest on his way to one of two goals in yesterday’s game against Livingston. Photo: The Celtic Noise

4. Flash: King of the impossible

Yes, I’m going to buy the book. Yes, I will go see the movie, when they make it. James Forrest is quietly awesome in his own right, being at the right place at the right time and making things happen on the pitch for so many years for Celtic. Yesterday was no exception, with two goals to his credit. He needs a song, and the same folks who came up with an adaptation to the Stone Roses “I Wanna Be Adored” for Edouard should put on their thinking caps and adapt a song for Jamesy, to this maybe . . . ?

5. Greg Taylor is a welcome addition

Greg Taylor hit the post on what possibly could have been a deflection on his first shot on goal for Celtic, which is a pity because it would have been great for him to have scored his first Celtic goal yesterday. Watching Taylor yesterday, I have a confession to make: I had serious reservations about signing him because, to be honest, a.) I didn’t like him very much at Kilmarnock, and b.) I thought taking on Taylor was a “panic signing” as the club hemorrhaged defenders. But if you would kindly pass me that plate of crow, I will gladly eat it while completely admitting I was wrong about him. And then I’ll apologize to Taylor.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to watch the Celtic Christmas video again — I just can’t get enough. On to the Stade Rennes game on Thursday which, as an aside, is Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

‘So, this all seems horrible…’

Bruce Banner walks into the Celtic-Livingston game on Sunday.

Bruce Banner pretty much nailed it above when describing the game between Celtic and Livingston on Sunday. There were not a lot of positives for the Bhoys in Green to take away from the game. In fact, there were absolutely none, as far as I can tell.

Actually, you can let Sandman give you the rundown on The Celtic Star.

And sadly, in a game like this, you get your standard issue tsunami of opinions from keyboard managers and armchair coaches, who are ready to dump players and gaffers at a whim as if they were behind the screen of their PlayStations or XBox consoles.

Not engaging with them is the best course.

If you think this first loss of the season is Neil Lennon’s fault and he should be fired, or if you think we should be selling/trading/dropping anyone from the team — like Scott Brown, Callum McGregor or Ryan Christie — you need to sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up.

Sadly, in the cesspool of Twitter, and in other forums, all of the aforementioned has been suggested, as if the season would somehow be over after a loss in October. It truly saddens me that Celtic has so called “fans” in its fanbase who are truly this moronic, and the voices of reason by the true Celtic faithful are shouted down by the panicked few.

Livingston will dine on this for months, and it will possibly be all they will talk about all season. It’s pretty much all they have, as they continue to strive to remain in the middle of the Premiership table and not fall into relegation.

Good for them, and I hope they enjoyed the game on Sunday.

But Celtic is better than this.

We have the trophies and the trebles to prove it.

We don’t play for only 86 minutes, and the table isn’t final in October.

And, of course, at the end of the season we will prevail.

Muhammad Ali was right: “Ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.”

[79 degrees. Wildfire threat level today in rural Santa Cruz County: Moderate.]