Celtic SLO's verdict on why Hoops played at 6pm last night

By David Walton

December 24, 2020

One of the big questions heading into last night was the time in which we were playing.

Indeed, Celtic were scheduled to face Ross County at a bizarre 6pm timeslot. This was replicated across several other Premiership matches last night. Rangers also travelled to St Johnstone for a 6pm clash.

And one of the major questions was why? It seemed particularly random, with the normal etiquette for a midweek card being that all teams kick-off at 7:45pm.

But it looks as though we now have the explanation after Celtic SLO JP Taylor responded to a supporter query on Twitter. Here’s what he had to say when questioned on the time:

Different time, same old story for Celtic

You wouldn’t really have known that Celtic only had a couple of days to prepare for this one. It was such a convincing performance that the scoreline really does flatter Ross County with.

It still had all the feelings of a 7:45pm kickoff too. Probably due to the fact that nightfall in Glasgow seems to strike at about 3pm! In any case, the Hoops produced a fine performance that had all the signs of a team on the rise.

And what’s been great about these last few weeks is that the standard is getting back to its peak. We’re starting to create a truckload of chances once again, and that’s crucial. Celtic at home in domestic action is all about chance creation. We didn’t really have it in our last league game at Parkhead vs Kilmarnock.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths celebrates vs Ross County (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Yet even more pleasing was the fact we weren’t settling for it either. We were extremely determined to keep pushing forward and create chances even at 2-0. Too often over the last few months have we gone passive when in winning positions.

This was fantastic stuff from the Hoops. It was a performance we needed, and there were no problems with the 6pm kickoff time either.

But don’t expect it to be a regular occurrence. It still isn’t overly-convenient to those working the usual 9-5, which meany season-ticket holders will be doing. Regardless, it’s another three points.

In other news, Lennon has disclosed two Celtic Christmas Day assessments that need done.