Raith Rovers manager John McGlynn has been bigging up the current Celtic talent

By David Walton

September 23, 2021

Raith Rovers manager John McGlynn has been bigging up the current Celtic talent ahead of tonight’s League Cup meeting between the sides.

The Hoops are going through a rollercoaster period under new manager Ange Postecoglou. Despite some scintillating football being on show at times, Celtic’s away form has led them to zero points out of nine domestically.

Not that it’s a concern ahead of tonight. Raith will be at Celtic Park looking to pile on the misery after our loss at Livingston on Sunday. But with the game being at Parkhead, the expectancy on this Celtic side is high tonight.

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And McGlynn has been highlighting some of the Celtic talent in the build-up, including one player he believes has a particular spring in his step this term.

Speaking to Raith TV, McGlynn said: “Rogic seems to have got a new lease of life. He is playing at the top of his game right now. He is a massive threat in midfield, with Turnbull, with Callum McGregor getting back, they’ve got Soro, they’ve got McCarthy. There are a number of players that can play in there.

“Mikey Johnston was on the bench at the weekend, Mikey is a great player, he could start the game. They have got a number of players who could come back into the reckoning for the game.

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“So, difficult to pick their team, you’d normally have a go at trying to pick the team, but I think the shape is going to be similar. It is a going to be a 4-2-3-1, a 4-3-3, so that’s what we have got to have to prepare for, set ourselves up to play against and be ready for.”

Celtic need to go strong vs Raith Rovers; momentum all that matters

In an ideal world Celtic would be flying and going into this one with no pressure on their shoulders whatsoever. That couldn’t be further from the case however.

Indeed, Celtic have some big problems with their form at the moment. Ange Postecoglou may be trying to develop a style of play whilst integrating a host of new players. But the honest truth? He needs wins and badly.

We got a taster of the negative reaction that could come tonight if we don’t get the job done after we lost to Livingston. Postecoglou was being questioned. Celtic fans believed the days of toothless attacking displays were over. That they returned so quickly into the season is a major concern.

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However, tonight is a brilliant opportunity for the manager and his players. It’s not about taking their frustrations out on Raith. It’s about building some solid momentum and getting wins under our belts. Postecoglou’s grand plan won’t come to fruition if we can’t string a run together.

That’s why he needs to go strong tonight. The chance to play some youth and reserve players goes out the window. We don’t have the luxury to do that at the moment given how the picture is looking at Parkhead.

A full-strength team and a big win is what’s required. Given our home form, you would still back the Bhoys to deliver on that.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou states Celtic striker Giakoumakis is “nowhere near match-fit”