Glasgow Celtic Claim Victory Despite Weird Scenes from Watching Supporters

Marc RosebladeContributor IIISeptember 24, 2011

Celtic Huddle
Celtic Huddle

After the early kick off at East End Park ended with a four goal victory for Rangers, Celtic were under pressure to earn three points to keep them within only the four points of the league leaders.

Expectations were high going into this match, especially after last week's defeat by rivals Rangers with the fans willing to accept nothing less than three points and a good performance.

The fans were to get the victory they desired, but the performance was less than exhilarating from most of the players on the field.

Even the two goals that were scored were made on the break and against the run of play with the visiting Inverness side showing promise and threat especially through Gregory Tade every time they attacked.

Celtic's back line looked decidedly dodgy during all 90 minutes of play, with keeper Forster looking like he needed to swallow some Xantac to calm his nerves with some poor back passes, skewed clearances and scary miss hit kick outs. The keeper also managed to slip on more than one occasion when trying to clear the ball which placed him, his teammates and the fans on edge whenever the ball was played to him.

Such was the performance of the keeper that the fans cheered rather ironically in the last minute of the match when he came to gather the ball from an Inverness corner, managing to hold onto it and without slipping or falling.

It has to be said, though, that the atmosphere at the stadium was one of the weirdest I have ever witnessed.

With talk of standing areas, flag waving bans, swearing embargo's, movement bans within grounds and general support malaise spreading through the ranks of football fans everywhere, some of the Celtic fans took the decision to stay silent for the first 45 minutes deciding instead to unfurl banners in defiance which were aimed at the police, the Scottish Government and power brokers within Scottish football.

Celtic fans protest
Celtic fans protest

As a neutral within the stadium, it was all very weird. Even Celtic fans around me found it a little weird, unsure of what to do and when to sing or even if they should sing. It was bizarre and slightly surreal!

The weirdness kicked into high gear in the second half with fans appearing to seem content with amusing themselves with singing and pointing at each other from opposite ends of the stadium rather than support their team. This seemed to transfer onto the field with the players seemingly bemused by the strange supporter banter that was being held in the stands.

Weird support aside, the two goals were made purely from counter attacks with both strikingly similar.

The first came from Joe Ledley when an Inverness attack was broken down with the ball being played into the attacker as he bolted up the field to meet the ball outside the box to stroke the ball home under the keeper into the bottom left hand corner to give his side the lead.

The fans seemed happy and were to become further enthused when only five minutes later they added another with an almost carbon copy of the first, this time it was young James Forrest that was to hit the net doubling his teams lead.

It seemed that the Glasgow side would go on from this to add a few more but the goals were never to materialise for Neil Lennon's men as they struggled to force their will on the match with countless mistakes and barely any standout performances.

The introduction of Mohamed Bangura up front for the home side seemed to pick up the pace with his speed and willingness to chase the ball in search for another goal.

The game ended with only the two goals but the fans left happy with the three points, keeping up their city rivals as the season keeps going.

This week sees Celtic back in Europa cup action on Thursday night at Celtic Park against Italian side Udinese. For their own sake, and for the sake of their fans, let's hope they can play better than they did in their first match against Atletico Madrid.

Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report as well as Not Just Scottish Football and youth development reporter for Ayr United Football Academy. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.