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Celtic’s Game-Plan Tomorrow Is Simple. Score Early And Turn The Crowd Against Its Team.

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This week we saw a peace which in some ways was cheaply bought. In terms of what it will cost the club it was an expensive piece of business, but in pulling out of the Australian tour they have at least easily paid off the ranting lunatics who were threatening to turn tomorrow into an ugly, ugly occasion. But their board has been pretty short-sighted.

Because, of course, tomorrow is still more than capable of turning into an ugly occasion for all concerned at Ibrox. All we have to do is score early and take control of the game.

Their board probably do believe that all they’ve done is bought themselves a little time, and a little breathing room. But they’re sitting on a volcano and they know it, because their fans had convinced themselves that the tide in Scottish football was flowing their way again and they see their club as having slept and allowed us to re-take the initiative.

I have some sympathy for their board in that view, because of course it’s fictional.

We are the strongest and biggest club in Scotland, and one season has not changed that simple fact.

There will be Ibrox fans born this year who might never, in their lifetimes, see a period of sustained success, something that last years. That’s how strong we are, and everything is flowing away from their club from the direction of European football to simply demographics; the base from which they can draw their fan-base is shrinking, and ours continues to grow.

That will not make a blind bit of difference to The Peepul even if you could get them to sit down and listen to that, and even if you made them believe it. They still believe that in the here and now they are the bigger club, the stronger club and that what happened last season reaffirms that. And to them, they cannot comprehend that our team might just be better.

So if we score early tomorrow the default setting in that stadium will go from being one of supreme confidence to the opposite extreme; they’ll think their world is collapsing and they will automatically swing into blame mode, and they will hold it against the people running the club.

This is where our paltry 700 tickets might work most in our favour; if their ground is afflicted by the old fear and loathing and those 700 fans are making the most noise, the only time their supporters will even be heard is when they are booing their own players.

And that sounds loud in a crowd where your fans are the majority … in a ground where it’s virtually only your own fans (aside from a small cohort who hate you anyway) that will sap at their confidence and will to win like nothing else in the world.

So of course we’ll start on the front foot.

Of course we’ll go for the jugular. Of course we’ll play for the three points, and right from the off. If we take the lead early, their whole afternoon could very quickly devolve into a long, long wait for the full time whistle.

We can kill their title hopes stone dead, and we can do it in the first ten or twenty minutes.

That’s what the game plan will be.

End it, and end it quickly.

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10 comments

  • Rodders says:

    If you base your judgement solely on the 1st 45 of the last game then Celtic will win, if you base it on the 2nd 45 minutes (albeit considering the game was all but finished at half time) then Rangers will win as they dominated and should have scored in the 2nd half.

    Either way, it is folly to go into this game over confident, and I expect it will be decided on who dominates the midfield, and who takes their chances / makes less mistakes. My prediction, for what it’s worth, is for a scoring draw.

    • Cyril Donohoe says:

      Impossible to predict, obviously an early goal would b grt.It will as in most these games whoever wants it most will win,if they get an early goal it could set the tempo for the game ,fingers crossed we get at least a draw

  • Colin Barclay says:

    I have a real feeling it could be the blues for you guys tomorrow. Not the result I would want as a Red. Sevco much better team than you think. Time will tell

    Tomorrow finishes, both teams on equal points and then it’s game on for the league.

    • Scud Missile says:

      Colin going by your name I wouldn’t BANK on it.

    • Dora says:

      Really..!!??
      I’m just disappointed it wasn’t a 3-1 win for the Mighty Glasgow Celtic but the Acca worked out a treat!
      Fk me the wangers weally are Shite!

  • Stephen McAdam says:

    This is why I reckon Keogo might start! If some we could really go to town

  • Dora says:

    3-1 Celtic win…thank you please!

  • Scud Missile says:

    Go 2 nil up and it’s INVASION time this is from the horses mouth it’s already been agreed, King and his minions have it all planned out.

  • Scud Missile says:

    King &Co need a defeat as it’s the avenue he needs to get back in there again with Halloween Houston, Dark Mingwall and Chris Graham firing the bullets from Kings loaded gun.

  • Edward Mc Graw says:

    Scud, what in earth are you talking about when you say@ invasion”?, please explain.

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