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*RESULTS FROM GAME #50 CELTIC 1 R2NGERS 0 (IDAH)*

A lot to get through on this one so, deep breath and here we go…..
 
*THE MATCH*
Well, the long hoped for goal fest drubbing didn’t materialise but at the end of the day Celtic are worthy cup winners yet again. Our opponents seemed to have a lot of the ball, particularly in the second half but Joe Hart did not have any notable save to make. To be fair, Butland was the same but will feel he should have done much better in the 88th minute.
I was screaming for a penalty midway through the first half and the replay convinced me even more. But incredibly, it wasn’t given with the Video Assistant Referee also concluding that there should be no award.
Thankfully the VAR did get involved in the second half, when the ball ended up in our net from an inswinging Sevco corner. The fact that Joe Hart’s approach to cross balls is virtually always to punch it rather than catch certainly helped – his punch would have fired the ball clear had it not been for the push in the back. The goal was correctly disallowed meaning that Triggers Broom have still not taken the lead against us this season. Although on 2 occasions they thought they had!
In any game that is decided by a single goal, a last minute winner is always the most euphoric. Even when that last minute is then followed by 10 of stoppage time. Bernardo did superbly, being fouled on the halfway line but breaking free into the acres of space in front of him and firing a fine shot that seemed to swerve just before Butland. And Adam Idah had timed his follow up run perfectly to put the rebound into the net and win Celtic the cup. Fantastic celebrations at the final whistle and a long happy close season is now surely guaranteed.

*THEMS*
One of our most regular voters, let’s just call him Tam (cos that’s his name!) included some very interesting stats regarding Glasgow Derby Scottish Cup Finals. Since 1970 we have met either version of the Ibrox based Klubs 8 times in the final and have won 5 – and the last 4 (1977, 1980, 1989 and 2024) were all 1-0 victories. Big thanks to Andy Lynch, George McCluskey, Joe Miller and Adam Idah. 

*THE SEASON*
So, we finish the season after 50 games where we won 35, drew 7 and lost 8, scoring 115 goals and conceding 50. We are Double Winners again and in terms of the 3 Scottish domestic trophies we now sit on 117. That’s 3½ more than The Deady Bears achieved up to 2012. And its 114 more than R2ngers currently have. Even combining the 2 Ibrox entities, dead and alive, we are half a trophy ahead. We welcome the chase!

*THE VOTES*
My thanks to the 70 who voted this week. The total votes cast for each player are as follows, with my own nominations asterisked.
Hart*: 8
Johnston*: 38
Carter-Vickers*: 46
Scales: 8
Taylor: 6
McGregor: 30
Hatate: 0
O’Riley: 1
Forrest: 0
Kyogo: 0
Maeda: 0
Idah: 48
Kuhn: 0
Bernardo: 25

And so, the players receiving POINTS for the game against Triggers Broom FC are – 
Idah – 5 points
Carter-Vickers – 4 points
Johnston – 3 points
McGregor – 2 points
Bernardo – 1 point

*THE POSITIONS*
The final positions for season 2023-24 are as follows (with the individual Man Of The Match awards also included). The figures in brackets BEFORE the player’s name is the number of appearances, whether as a starter or as a substitute –
105 points – (49) O’Riley [10: Aberdeen (A) 3-1, Livingston (A) 3-0, Motherwell (A) 2-1, Hearts (A) 4-1, Atletico Madrid (H) 2-2, Kilmarnock (A) 1-2, St Mirren (A) 3-0, Buckie Thistle (H) 5-0, Kilmarnock (A) 5-0, St Mirren (H) 3-2]
86 points – (45) Scales [7: Feyenoord (A) 0-2, Lazio (H) 1-2, Atletico Madrid (H) 2-2, Motherwell 1-1, Feyenoord (H) 2-1, Hearts 0-2, Livingston 2-0]
73 points – (45) McGregor [3: Sevco (A) 1-0, Sevco (H) 2-1, Sevco 2-1]
67 points – (31) Carter-Vickers [6: Hibs (A) 0-0, Atletico Madrid (A) 0:6, Lazio (A) 0-2, Ross County (H) 1-0, Hearts (A) 0-2, Sevco (A) 3-3]
45 points – (43) Johnston, A. [1: St Mirren (H) 3-0]
43 points – (50) Kyogo [4: Ross County (H) 4-2, Dundee (H) 3-0, St Johnstone (H) 3-1, Hearts 3-0]
43 points – (49) Hart [3: Aberdeen (A) 1-1, St Mirren (A) 2-0, Kilmarnock (H) 1-1]
32 points – (36) Maeda [1: Livingston (H) 4-2]
31 points – (36) Palma [2: Ross County (A) 3-0, Aberdeen (H) 6-0]
25 points – (31) Yang [3: St Johnstone (H) 0-0, St Mirren (H) 2-1, Dundee (H) 7-1]
25 points – (19) Idah [2: Hibs (A) 2-1, Motherwell (A) 3-1]
23 points – (31) Bernardo [2: Dundee (A) 3-0, Buckie Thistle (H) 5-0]
21 points – (28) Forrest [2: Aberdeen (N) 3-3, Dundee (A) 2-1]
20 points – (26) Oh [1: Hibs (H) 4-1]
19 points – (18) Kuhn [1: Livingston (A) 3:0]
18 points – (46) Taylor
16 points – (24) Iwata
15 points – (21) Hatate [1: Kilmarnock (H) 3-1]
10 points – (18) Ralston
9 points – (12) Johnston M [1: St Johnstone (A) 3-1]
9 points – (13) Nawrocki [1: Kilmarnock (A) 0-1]
9 points – (19) Turnbull
6 points – (11) Lagerbielke [1: Kilmarnock (A) 0-1]
4 points – (3) Bain
4 points – (9) Bernabei
4 points – (13) Holm
3 points – (14) Welsh
2 points – (11) Abada
0 points – (1) Frame, (2) Haksabanovic, (6) Kelly, (8) Phillips, (2) Starfelt, (2) Tilio and (2) Vata

 
*THE MAY PLAYER OF THE MONTH*
The Player Of The Month award is based simply on the total votes received across all games played. There were 5 games during May – our home league games against Hearts, Triggers Broom and St Mirren, our league clincher away to Kilmarnock and finally yesterday’s cup final.
In 3rd place with 102 votes is cup winner Adam Idah. The runner up on 175 votes is captain fantastic Calum McGregor. And the player of the month for May, with 198 votes and winning his 3rd monthly award is Matthew O’Riley.
The monthly winners have been –
August: Kyogo (4 games, 164 votes, average 41)
September: O’Riley (5 games, 259 votes, average 52)
October: Scales (5 games, 243 votes, average 49)
November: Scales (6 games, 191 votes, average 32)
December: McGregor (8 games, 281 votes, average 35)
January: O’Riley (3 games, 132 votes, average 44)
February: Hart (6 games, 206 votes, average 34)
March: Kuhn (3 games, 142 votes, average 47)
April: Carter-Vickers (4 games, 139 votes, average 35)
May: O’Riley (5 games, 198 votes, average 40)

*THE CLOSING REMARKS!*
So, given that he received most Man Of The Match awards, as well as being our top goalscorer it is fitting that the Player Of The Year for 2023-24 is Matthew Sean O’Riley.
Thanks for all of your support throughout the season. From the high of receiving 100 emails when we defeated Aberdeen 6-0 to the low of just 35 after Atletico Madrid hammered us by the same score 4 days earlier it’s been a blast!
Over the season a grand total of 9,609 votes have been sent via, at least 3,200 emails. With a few more each week that reached me after the deadline!
I’m looking forward to the break and let’s see how refreshed I am as next season approaches.
Hail Hail!


Printed by kind permission of JOBO BALDY

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