The fantastic Celtic GIF from Sunday that you might've missed
The humble GIF; not quite a video, not quite a picture, and for Celtic fans, sometimes a useful resource into the moments we miss at games or on the TV.
This season in particular, the Celtic social media team want you to know they’re collating GIFs. Whether it’s manager reactions or goal celebrations, their Giphy page is full of great ones.
One in particular, though, stands out. After one of four goals against Dundee, there’s a brilliant moment in which Stephen Welsh and Anthony Ralston join the celebrations. Kyogo’s there, holding the ball, Turnbull, Abada; it’s a show of absolute unity in a moment of ecstasy.
Here it is, via Celtic Football Club on GIPHY.
Already, it’s become clear that Ange Postecoglou has built a squad with excellent personalities. Josip Juranovic, one of 12 new signings, has boasted of the team spirit this team has.
Clearly, the manager has fostered that togetherness, along with captain Callum McGregor. It’s unusual to see with so many new players brought in.
Especially considering the Celtic precedent. Tony Mowbray has a distinct vision for how the Bhoys would play in his tenure. He signed a glut of players, but the balance was never quite right.
Equally, Gordon Strachan made wholesale changes to the squad he inherited. Trophies would follow, but a humbling loss to Artmedia Bratislava put his tenure on a shoogly peg from the off. That team, by the way, no longer exist [In Your Pocket].
So for this Celtic team to be where they are now? It’s impressive stuff.
Celtic GIF sums up the mood in Hoops dressing room
Is it normal for teammates to celebrate a goal? Of course it is; nobody is suggesting otherwise. On the surface, this really is nothing unusual.
But it’s the intensity, the particular players, and the passion which really bounces off the screen, here. Everyone who started on Sunday has 100% bought in to what the manager wants, and that comes across in myriad ways.
Whether it’s his players praising his instructions, the likes of Tom Rogic and Joe Hart rehabilitating their careers after tough seasons, or obviously, the manner in which this team celebrates goals together, it’s extremely encouraging.
Dundee pegging Celtic back to 2-1 before half-time could’ve caused heads to drop. It didn’t; if anything, the Bhoys came out more determined to cause the Dark Blues some problems.
Ditto the performances against Aberdeen, Ferencvaros and more. The mentality is drastically improved, and we’re only in November. Fostering that kind of team mentality can take far longer.
So, maybe it’s just a run of the mill Celtic celebration GIF. But if you ask me, it points at something more meaningful, and it really ought to excite the Bhoys faithful going forward.