21 Mar Ronny’s lucky charm
It’s better to be lucky than good and right now that sums up Celtic manager Ronny Deila.
At a time when out of work managers are all taking position for his job, Ronny delivered one of his forgotten roars with an x-rated word on the end, to try and get more than the diehards back onside after the late win over Kilmarnock.
Credit to the manager, he made the substitution that changed the game.
Tom Rogic’s 90th minute screamer was a goal fit to win any match and this could be one of those goals Celtic look back on as a significant step to the title after Aberdeen stumbled, yet again, later in the day at Motherwell.
There are some Celtic fans that think the media have it in for Ronny Deila. However, the majority are not fooled by his roar or his team.
Celtic were poor and a more clinical Kilmarnock team could have taken a point, maybe more from this game.
Playing Colin Kazim Richards from the start as the front-man raised a few eyebrows but failed to get any Celtic fans bums off seats.
Griffiths, as ever, was Celtic’s best hope of getting a winner but, if he doesn’t score there is a genuine worry. Just when it looked like Ronny’s lack lustre side were going to give Aberdeen a chance to leap-frog them in the table, up popped Rogic.
Later in the day, the dandy Dons had their usual day of bottling it when it mattered most by losing 2-1 to Motherwell.
I have said repeatedly that Deila’s Celtic will limp over the line in the title race, not because of the quality of the team and the manager but a helping hand from an Aberdeen side not good enough to overtake the league leaders when it matters.
There are defining moments in a season when you look back at where the Premiership was won and lost.
Saturday’s winner from Rogic at Rugby park and Scott McDonald and Louis Moult’s goals to sink Aberdeen, may well be the weekend that the Helicopter pilot decided he would take other bookings on title d-day.
There won’t be any need to take off and change direction, the SPFL can just leave the trophy in Celtic’s cabinet for another season.
Ronny’s riding his luck at the minute and I think it will continue all the way to the end of the season but, in the summer it will run out.