Livingston coach and football pundit Marvin Bartley was speaking on Clyde Superscoreboard last night during the lead up to Celtic’s 2-1 win away to Motherwell, and admitted to one big concern he has when facing off against the defending champions.
In the previous game at home to Dundee Utd, Celtic grabbed two 90+ minute winners to secure all three points at the weekend, and it is not the first time under manager Ange Postecoglou that Celtic have come back to win right at the death.
Bartley was asked by host Gordon Duncan whether it is a worry that Celtic always seem to have it in their locker that they can come back to win late on, or whether he takes encouragement from the fact that we do seem to be conceding a fair amount of goals at the moment.
“Yeah, it’s just a massive worry”, admitted Bartley.
“You need a lot, a lot of luck when you play against Celtic, especially in the fashion they are going about their business at this moment in time.”
“The fans stick with the players, because there is a belief now at that football club that, ‘we can score, 91st, 92nd minute’ and Ange has said this, was it something along the lines of ‘we won’t stop’, ‘the team won’t stop’ and they’re proving that now.”
“It’s strange, because I was watching the game (against Utd), and even when it went to 2-2, I knew it wasn’t game over, I knew that Celtic were going to have one big chance, and they managed to create two massive chances.”
“At this moment in time, if you’re a Celtic fan, you have to be delighted because everything is going in the right direction.”
“It’s a fantastic club to be watching at this moment in time.”
And make no mistake, opposition players will also feel that way when playing against Celtic.
It must be so mentally draining that even when you score a goal late on that would seal you a point in most games, that against Celtic, you know that there’s a very good chance you will still come away with nothing.