Tonight, the headlines are dominated by the “reaction” from Ibrox to the epic skelping that they got in midweek.
What a predictable development in more ways than one.
First the idea that Hearts might put up a proper fight was always for the birds.
When a team loses a big match, their next opponents can either view them as vulnerable or brace for their response; Hearts chose the latter path and that assured the final outcome.
But as Ibrox already knows, and which the media recognises all too well, when you are talking about a “reaction” you’re not averting disaster, the disaster has happened already, and as much as their club might want to convince itself that it has gotten its groove back, the truth is that they are now trailing us, and as long as we continue winning all they can do is hope to keep up.
This is all about Celtic now. We’re the headline act.
The simple fact is that there are 13 league games to go, and if we win 12 of them we will be champions regardless of what Ibrox does. And to understand why that’s significant I’ll tell you; out of the last 13 we have won 12, and we look far more formidable at this point in the cycle than we looked when we started it. We have hit our stride.
We have players to come back.
We have others still finding their fitness, which should scare every other club when you consider who those players are, guys already making a major contribution to this season.
There is ample proof that we can still get better.
There are a lot of games to come in a short space of time, but whilst Ibrox’s squad suddenly looks weak ours has not looked this strong in years and we can rotate.
That’s why we were able to take off two of our most potent attacking players at half time today.
The options we brought off the bench were strong too … in fact, I can barely remember a stronger bench.
And that’s without Kyogo or Turnbull being available because of their injuries.
Can you even imagine the competition when they are back?
This is now our show.
Today we hammered Motherwell, absolutely hammered them, dispelling any of the nonsense that our win in midweek was down to a “bad day at the office” from our rivals. The truth is, we’re just a very, very good team now.
And as long as that’s true, our results are the only ones that really count.
As long as we keep winning then nothing that happens elsewhere is anything but white noise, and Ange will tell the players to shut that out and just keep on doing what they do.