They’ve been talking about our record on plastic pitches for even longer.
Tomorrow we can shut them up on both fronts and I fully expect that we will.
This Celtic side will exorcise a lot of demons out there.
Plastic pitches should be banned; I don’t even think that’s a purists view any longer but good old fashioned common sense.
They are an abomination.
Our record on them has never been as abominable as the pitches themselves, but it’s bad and there’s no denying it.
There is a reason the hacks talk about it so much. Livingston is a particular nightmare destination for us.
But this is a different Celtic team playing a different kind of football.
I have been frequently amazed to see Celtic sides go to Livingston and places like it and try to play tippy-tappy football as though on a bowling green surface. This Celtic side is more direct, preferring to run with the ball and drive at the defence.
It’s a different prospect from the teams which have gone there and tried to play probing passes on it.
It is important to get this away record nonsense shut down.
But equally important is proving that we can finally dominate on these artificial pitches and I expect that this time tomorrow night we’ll all be basking in the pleasure of having watched us do both.
I think Ange’s fast-paced style will work like a charm on that gruesome field where so many of our teams have struggled. He said earlier in the week he would not allow anyone to use it as an excuse; I think he must secretly relish the prospect.
I know I do.
I’ve been waiting for this for weeks now, knowing that it’s one of those days in which the press will be expecting us to struggle … it’s just another thing for this team to check off in the To Do list.
I expect to enjoy every second of it.