Countdown to Big Showdown

Posted by talfanzine on March 26, 2008 at 11:45 AM

It could be argued that Saturdays clash at The Reichstag is a game Celtic don't necessarily have to win if they are to complete three in a row for the first time in more than thirty years, but it is undoubtedly one that they can't afford to lose.

Despite being three points off the summit and having played a game more, with two clashes against the Huns still to come at Celtic Park, a draw at the Reichstag wouldn't be the worst result in the world but a win has to be the clear objective. Needless to say a maximum return would be a huge pshycological boost for all in Green and White.

Much will depend on who plays and in what formation, but it would be nice to think that the Ginger one has both a game plan as well as knowing in his own mind what his starting eleven will be for the lunchtime fixture. However it is unlikely he will show his hand between now and then which will keep us all guessing right up until the 12.30pm kick off time.

What isn't open to debate is that Celtic will need to produce the sort of performance and passion that has been missing for much of the season thus far if they are to come away with anything. Only in the three home Champions league victories as well as the final qualifier against Spartak Moscow did Celtic compete at the level which they are expected to do so and which we know they are capable of. The fact that they haven't done so since is a poor reflection on Strachans motivational qualities but thankfully for him (and us) he has an opportunity to redeem himself.

Only time will tell if he does and whether the Championship will remain a realistic aspiration after this weekend.

This entry to the TAL Blog by Holloway Gael.

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