This is a big week for Celtic. It might not seem like it, but it is.
Some of our players are away with their national teams, others are here at home working at Lennoxtown. But all of them know that from the moment this international fixture farce is at an end that the difficult stuff gets underway again and this time for all the marbles.
The league title is secure. Probably. We allowed people a chink of light with our deadened display in Motherwell but I really can’t see a way back for the other clubs. The trouble is, if we maintain our season long average we will drop points in at least two of the matches we have left, and that’s something that the team has to put right.
We are ten games from a domestic treble, the second in a row, and another page in history. How great would it be if we won all ten? A clean sweep like that would put down a marker for the next campaign which nobody would be able to ignore.
If we complete the season in such barnstorming fashion nobody will argue that we’re overwhelming favourites for the league against next season. If we’re facing a summer of turmoil – The Record was hilarious this morning; half of our team will be gone before it begins – then the perfect way to roll into it is with a finish to this season that signs off on Phase 1 of Brendan’s revolution here.
Scott Sinclair, in particular, has a chance to grab this by the throat. E-Tims this morning seemed to confirm stories that Scott has those personal issues I alluded to yesterday; if it’s true, as they say, we will wish him all the best. But he can deliver big for us before he goes.
Other players can show what they can do in the final furlong.
Leigh can get back into the team and show why his goals will be invaluable next season as in this one. Armstrong and Rogic can demonstrate intent and get those deals they want whether at Celtic or elsewhere. The double treble is the prize folks, an epic achievement no other Scottish club has done.
Yes, this is a bigger week than it looks. It’s the last quiet one until this campaign is wrapped up.
I hope everyone at Celtic Park uses it to focus and get in the mood.
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