This is where we are right now.
At the end of the week, most of us expect that the “January Review” will tell us that Neil Lennon, who has presided over one of the most spectacular collapses in living memory, is keeping his job until the summer, despite the perilous odds here: uni-bonus-code.co.uk.
In the meantime, we have sold one of our most promising young players who told the club he was ambitious and that’s why he wanted to leave.
The club sold him on that basis, freely admitting in the process that it no longer is, as if the sight of Neil Lennon doing press conferences didn’t tell us that already.
Before this window shuts it is more than likely that at least one more key player will depart; rumours surround all of them to one degree or another and now that we’ve publicly pissed all over our assertion that none would be allowed to go in this window you can certainly expect there to be others.
Whatever “review” is going on, we’re going to exit this window weaker than we went into it whilst other clubs are strengthening in advance of the next campaign.
Our summer will be spent scrambling around for a new boss, if indeed we don’t just hand Lennon a reprieve and give him another season to do even more damage.
Our transfer options will be limited by the new Brexit work permit rules.
The Euros will eat into our time for doing deals.
As a consequence, we will most probably go into the Champions League qualifiers weaker than we went into those for this campaign as a result, and the job of getting through them is vastly harder than it’s been through the Champions route where we’ve failed three years in a row. I think we’re probably gambling with the Europa League Group Stages as well at this point.
I can’t remember when we were looking at a scenario quite like this one at Celtic Park.
This season has effectively been completely written off. We’re now imperilling second place.
On top of that, I think it’s clear that we’re rapidly approaching the point where we’re quite plainly, and openly, risking next season as well.
I’ve stopped hoping we’ve hit rock bottom; there’s no point in sugar coating this.
I don’t think we’re anywhere near that yet.
At the end of the week when we hear Lennon’s staying … well that’s going to beat even today’s latest shattering low, and worse is almost certainly to come.