A superb Celtic performance tonight has set up the semi-final match that all of us wanted. This club is ready for that game. We could play it right now, I reckon, and be well confident of winning.
It is the perfect draw for other reasons, which I’ll get to soon.
But first, let’s talk about tonight.
That was a superb Celtic display; it was disciplined, aggressive, committed and we got the first goal at the right time. I said earlier that the line-up looked as if we were going for an early strike and we got it.
This team is motoring. We looked at the very top of our game tonight.
Everyone was excellent, but I thought that the midfield was exceptional, and in particular Callum McGregor.
Hatate also looked brilliant in the first half; with the way he plays it was a smart move to substitute him, as Beaton would have looked for any excuse to show him a second yellow.
I’ll cover Beaton and that dire decision of his tomorrow. It’s a goal. I am just not going to discuss it in any detail tonight, save to say what all of us know.
Congratulations to Giakoumakis, because he looks as good as I’ve seen him since he signed.
There was not spectacular about his goals tonight; they were typical striker’s goals. The man is starting to come onto a game and will only keep improving.
The irony is that he might hit form just as Kyogo comes back into the team … what a decision the boss will face.
The draw is the one we wanted because we have a chance to end Ibrox’s season in the space of two fixtures and I reckon we will.
There’s another reason, and it’s a much more personal one. If we get to the final that day will belong entirely to Celtic, without their poison spoiling what will be a momentous occasion for Ange and this team.
We earned that semi-final place tonight with a performance that, coming so soon after Livingston, shows that this side is back to its relentless best. We were missing key players again tonight and you barely noticed their absence at all.
We are well on course for this treble now, folks.