4 in A Roar – Celtic FC Season Review 2014/15
What better way to lift the close season gloom than to re-live the highlights of the season just gone? Celtic haven’t been slow in getting this Ronny Roars-laden review of last season into the shops thankfully. Of course the club are always quick in trying to liberate pounds from the pockets of the support but with this DVD selling at £10 and lasting just short of two hours, it is most definitely value for money.
As was the signing of Craig Gordon and the club made another smart move in getting the Celtic keeper to narrate the footage for this DVD. He comes across as very comfortable (other than the odd direct-to-camera piece!) and humorous and it makes you feel closer to the action unfolding before you with him commenting on certain key games and individuals that he himself was heavily involved with. There are a number of lighter moments with the goalkeeper at the microphone, not least when he introduces the League Cup semi-final action v Sevco with the line: ‘We sought to book our place in Celtic’s 30th League Cup Final – to do so we would have to get beyond lower league opposition at the National Stadium.’ Ouch!
Craig Gordon: Straight and to the point
In retrospect, what a season it was to live through. The arrival of Ronny and the new management team and the early season upsets certainly help provide some drama. At various points the footage is spliced with interview excerpts from Ronny himself which sheds light on what he was feeling at key junctures. The DVD certainly doesn’t sugar-coat the darker moments that the manager, players and support endured – every goal scored and conceded is included here. The defeats against Legia, Maribor and Hamilton are of course painful to watch – but they help build up a truly detailed picture of the season as it unfolded. Watching the team recover and put in some good performances in the Europa League particularly and come good in the League after the festive break certainly helped make up for the earlier set-backs.
Of course, much of the enjoyment comes from watching afresh John Guidetti’s early scoring spree, Leigh Griffiths’ two great hat-tricks, the pumping of Aberdeen as and when required (4 out of 4 made for great viewing again), the sweeping aside of Dundee United and the silverware being lifted as the League Cup returned to Celtic Park for the first time in six years and Ronny’s re-modelled team making it 4 league titles in a row.
In an age when loan players are very much the rage, the DVD provides a great testament to the single season when Jason Denayer graced the Hoops. John Guidetti is of course on his way also, presumably to sunnier climes, but his excellent free-kicks and the fantastic finish that secured the tremendous comeback against Inter Milan are here in all their glory. The masonic handshake of a decision that denied Celtic the Treble – and Ronny’s comments on the failure of both officials with clear views of the incident to award the penalty – makes an appearance as does a succession of tremendous Ronny Roars from Pittodrie to Hampden and all stops in between. Ronny’s admission in the aftermath of the title party v Inverness that he loves Scottish and Irish music was a clear indicator that he would be entertaining the faithful in Celtic bars in Santa Ponsa during the summer when called upon.
DVD extras: Ronny gets into shape for the new season ahead
I imagine this will be a DVD that will be watched over and over again the further away we get from the historic season that witnessed Ronny’s arrival and the Celtic support falling in love with the Norwegian big style. Watching every goal from every game in the order that they came helps explain why it was such an important season. The footage could only be improved if it included the blooper reel from Cammy Bell’s error-strewn season in the lower leagues.
Here’s looking forward to many more roars next season . . .
The Shamrock Rating: 7/10
Running time: 1 hour 49 minutes
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