First things first: Grinding it out like Celtic did yesterday against Aberdeen, despite the best attempts by referee Kevin Clancy to win Aberdeen’s Man of the Match, has been outlined by other bloggers and pundits since the end of the game Sunday, mostly admirably and accurately.
Also, having the game come down to an attempted clearance in the Aberdeen box by ex-Celt Jonny Hayes which glanced off Callum McGregor and into the goal leaves much in the way of material for poets to regale in singing the song of this game in the future.
So while I won’t go into why I thought yesterday’s game was a good one, albeit a little worrisome from time to time, there’s something else I’d prefer to address.
A specter is haunting European football that needs to be addressed before someone gets injured, probably for good.
Jota did it after he scored on Sunday. McGregor did it on Sunday, too. Christopher Jullien has been known to do it, though I bet he won’t be once he returns to the pitch for the Hoops. And it’s not just Celts — many players worldwide do it after scoring a goal.
It is this: Players should stop sliding on their knees in their goal celebrations. Someone somewhere is going to catch a knee, like Jota did when it flipped him on his back on Sunday, and it’s going to put the player out. This, of course, will also be felt by the club, in a possible decline in performance due to the missing player, as well as felt by the fans, who — if they’re Celtic fans — will, among other things, turn on each other on social media like rabid hyenas, if last season is any indication.
There are much better and safer — especially safer — ways to showboat after scoring.
Like sitting alone in a meditative pose, for starters.
Go ahead, and call me a “nervous Nellie” or a “boring killjoy.” That’s fine. I’d rather take that criticism than have a star player — especially on Celtic — blow out a knee and end up having to refer to him in all future conversations with a new first name: “Remember . . . ?”
One more thing
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Meanwhile, Thursday we have the Jam Tarts at Celtic Park. Mon the Hoops!
3 thoughts on “One thing the Bhoys should stop”
Totally agree Larry, it’s something that’s bugged me for a long time. Same goes for the other mad celebrations some of them do, (back flips and the like). They are as you say risking an avoidable injury. Coaches/managers should warn them about the risks and ban it. And fine them if they do it.
Flips are another thing, Nick — it used to scare me every time Olivier Ntcham did it. Thanks for bringing that up.
Scoring goals is the aim of the game but there are much less perilous ways of celebrating doing your actual job. I don’t slide to my knees or do cartwheels if I’ve had a successful day at work and I’m pretty sure you don’t do backflips when you get the books to balance Larry so it’s time to make some of the more injury inducing antics redundant. Sliding along the grass harks back to another era and I would prefer something more unique and creative. Who would like to slide along some of those shag-pile rugs that feature in the SPFL? Ohhh. HH
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