A lot of the talk on the Ibrox fan forums has, as you might expect, been focussed on the game today and the way we have restored our lead at the top of the table. The narrative is that we are lucky when we’re not benefiting from referring “mistakes” and since they cannot accuse of being lucky on this occasion the Unseen Fenian Hand conspiracy is occupying their thoughts.
Of course, this is ridiculous because we were comfortably the better team today and someone who they should consider to be unimpeachable said so; their self confessed fan and ex-jailbird David Martindale, manager of Livingston. His team were well beaten and he knows it and although I am always very critical of this guy I can’t be today.
Yes, he is bitching about why two of our three goals shouldn’t have counted, and this makes him sound painfully like the Ibrox fan sites and like so many of the other hacks from this season with their whinging detracting from our wins, but in truth he’s been more honest in his assessment than most in accepting that the outcome wouldn’t have been affected anyway.
Simply put, Martindale accepts that we were just the better team. He accepts that we deserved to win. He knows we’d have won regardless of how those decisions fell because that was one of our most relentless performances of the season and we would have found a way to get there even if those goals had been chopped off.
Celtic deserved that today, and even the bitterest and most delusional Sevco fan watching it has to be fully aware of that fact. Whatever they might tell themselves about the decisions, whatever they might tell themselves about conspiracies and such like, they know we earned that today and that we would have won come what may.
So many big players owed us big performances today and they all showed up for business and got it done. None could be faulted and the quality of the display cannot be denied. Whatever they may believe. Whatever they may want to believe.
The more sensible of them have already come to this conclusion, the only one that matters; we are the best team in the country and we’re going to win this title. The moonhowlers will keep on telling themselves that we are just lucky.