One of our rivals’ sophomoric fan publications this morning did a piece about how they are already ahead of us in the “mind games” war for the weekend. This is because of the “uncertainty” over who in their squad will be available for the game.
This is such a brilliant, impossible to conceive of strategy that this website wrote about it yesterday. It is so top secret that their assistant manager has already broadcast it in both his pre and post-match interviews with the media after their Europa League game.
They will field an almost full-strength team. It is obvious. It was never in the least doubt. McAllister’s initial press conference was so transparent about this that anyone at Celtic still expecting to face a team without a number of key players hasn’t been paying attention.
But of course, everyone at Celtic has been paying attention.
“Celtic won’t be able to prepare for the (game) in the same manner to which they normally would,” their clownish editorial reads. Oh really? What if we just, you know, prepare as if there’s nothing wrong over there, anticipate facing the best they’ve got and plan for that? As I’m sure is exactly what we’re doing. Won’t facing a weakened team, if that happens, take care of itself?
It’s rather like a battlefield commander bringing full artillery and air support to bear. If it turns out you’re facing well prepared enemy positions, then you have the tools to get the job done. If it turns out you’re facing starving reservists without a roof over their heads, then it’s going to be a short battle indeed.
Only Peepul who are absolutely stone stupid could believe that there is any “mind games” advantage to be had with this little health crisis charade of theirs, but then Mensa never will be battered their doors down.