By the time the Scottish League Cup semi-finals come around, it is entirely likely that Ange Postecoglou will be going head-to-head in the wider war with someone other than Steven Gerrard. What a shame that is, because I reckon the big Aussie was going to clean his clock.
The press tried to draw the big man on the Gerrard situation, but he’s having none of it.
He is way too smart for that. Yesterday at the presser where he collected his Manager of the Month gong – the first of many, and no doubt – he made it clear that nobody inside Celtic is focussed on the circus which is about to unfold across the city.
All minds at Celtic are focussed on the job at hand; winning the semi-final and keeping our title challenge going. Beyond that, we have to prepare for January. There is nothing to be gained from the people inside Parkhead thinking about what happens elsewhere.
Oh don’t worry, we on the blogs will have plenty of fun doing it and covering the events over there as they unfold, but the manager and the coaches and the players at Lennoxtown will have other business on their minds and big Ange says it’s all they are thinking about.
It would be easy to get side-tracked by all this. Of course it would.
Everyone knows I was appalled by the decision to give Lennon the gig in the aftermath of Rodgers’ midnight flit, but within 24 hours of the temporary appointment I understood how smart it was – as a stopgap measure.
Had it stayed one I firmly believe we’d have won ten in a row.
But in the moment, it steadied the ship at a time when it could have floundered.
The next decision they make over there will have to be perfect, or they risk a total spiral. There are opportunities here for us, of course there are … but none of it does us the slightest bit of good if we’re relying on it to the extent that we take our eyes off the prize.
We need to keep on doing what we do best. As long as we’re focussed only on the next game and then the one after that and then the one after that we have nothing to fear. Ange has vowed that this is exactly what we intend to do … and that’s music to all our ears.