Celtic’s Journey Of A Thousand Miles Took A Mere 16 Games At Home

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Sitting in my seat at Celtic Park today I was conscious of several things, the first of which is that I might only be back here another twice this season. Although we have three homes games to come after the split, I’m guaranteed to miss at least one of them due to taking a well needed (although some would say not well earned haha) holiday.

So I’ll miss the last two games. It is nearly certain that one will be at home and one away. I don’t expect that the league will be won while I’m away, so in point of fact there is a 50-50 chance that the league decider will be a Celtic home match. I suspect I’ll need to be very lucky to see the title won in the flesh. It will probably be the last game of the month, and as the Ibrox club is virtually certain to come to Parkhead first it’ll be an away game.

So although there have been big, big games here this season the one that sees us clinch the title will probably not be played at home. No matter. If it’s not then there’s obviously a good chance of a title party at home in the following game.

This has been a momentous campaign so far. But through it all one thing has been virtually constant; our dominance on our home turf. If Celtic’s journey through this season was a thousand metaphorical miles it is all the more amazing that it has actually come down to this; home game 16 of 19 for us to glimpse the end in sight, and a triumphant end at that.

At the start of this campaign it would have been easy to question the wisdom of purchasing a season book. Everything that could go wrong seemed to in the opening weeks. Everything except the home games where we were devastating from the word go, both domestically and in the early Europa League qualifiers. It was a match at home where I knew the season was going to be very different from the gibbering nonsense being written by the hacks.

On the night we beat AZ here we played some oif the best football, against a team that I thought would be too strong for us, that I have seen a Celtic side play in years. I thought then that if we got the last few pieces of hte jigsaw that Ange had already shown us the hallmarks of the kind of ootball he wanted us to play, and so it has proved to be.

If the pre-split games were merely setting up the party it is fitting that we should have closed off the home form in such devastating style. In a season where the home displays have given me some of my finest memories in the team in years, that was the best of them, easily, comfortably and by miles. Six scorers, seven goals, a blistering display which – I can assure you – has left the fans across the city shell-shocked and fearing the week to come.

So whoever we play in the three games before I leave, and whether two are home games or one decides the title, the season ticket was money more than well spent because we’ve saved our very best displays for the crowd at Celtic Park, although that’s not to say that the away games haven’t been good or we don’t deserve credit for them.

But although I’ve had 14 home league games – I’ve missed two on account of illness – and obviously the European ties, I do feel that I will miss my seat at Parkhead in the close season and I feel a certain amount of sadness at knowing I have only two left to attend. But God it has been worth it. Our title will not only be about home victories but it’s the 19 league matches at Paradise which will laid the foundations for my confidence … and for the success of this campaign.

Five games to go folks. Five games to go.

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  • Henry says:

    I agree regarding AZ, we were really good that night and showed that the dark days under NL would soon be a thing of the past. Fast forward to today and we can see the progress that has been made. The football was top drawer this afternoon. Credit to St Johnstone who didn’t play like a rugby team eg Hearts but they had no answers. Maeda was justifiably MOTM – his best performance yet.

    Thursday’s result was perfect. It means the Dark Force cant field a reserve team as they are theoretically still in the tie, but Braga will be much too good for them, while we have a week off. Looking forward to next Sunday and more of the same.

    Enjoy your holiday bud and thanks for all the great postings.

  • SSMPM says:

    Negative comment first – James, you will miss us winning the league then.
    So well done in advance for your very good, not always balanced, articles this year. Some have actually been outstanding sir.
    Positive – Kyogo’s back so will make up for your loss

  • Martin H. says:

    Great game today, and always get our season tickets, I remember pre Jock Stein days, at the old club from ibrox end of the ground, as we called it, we were setting fire to the evening times and citizens to keep warm, this is the most enjoyable season I can remember, because nobody gave us a hope in hell, always keep the faith.


      Whit th’fluck?
      Ye wur burnin citizens wur ye, as ye dae ah suppose.
      Whit Ffs hud they dun?
      Did nay buddy try tae stop ye?
      Nay shouts ay ‘Help Polis?
      Or will sum cnut no pit thon fires oot the smells mingin an gien me the boak
      Wiz Taggart hingin aboot gaun ‘ Ah hear thurs been a Muuurdur’

      OK Joke over.
      Long time since I’ve heard of that auld paper.
      Hope it’s not much longer before the rest of Scotland’s pathetic Red Taps join it in oblivion.

  • Dora says:

    Had a couple of little thoughts last night—first was; when Celtic celebrate yet another title success, will Ange scream out some toilet window like some previous tramp…not a Kking chance from the Classy Ange.
    My other little thought was; are sevco really as shite as we all said they were and the answer is NO—-they are bottle bankers both on and off the field so they are worse…,pile of old Gick are sevco fk, as in sevco footy klub..!!

  • Scud Missile says:

    Five games you say to go,that’s all sevco have to do is win the 5 in Europe and they’ve won the Europa league.
    Well so say the Scottish media.

  • john clarke says:

    Have a well deserved holiday, James. If you are blacklisted at Trump Turnberry, you will get a game at Royal Troon. It’s not named after the British Royals. Your blogs are always interesting.
    I didn’t mind the jibe at Putin by your commenter. There might be Celtic Fans in Russia who log into Celtic Blog and realise the Scots regard Putin and Kirill as evil sinful men.
    Russians might also learn some Scottish obscenities from Dora and others.

  • Johnny Green says:

    Tell all the huns you know that they’ll never win 2 in a row
    They thought it was fun when they won just the one
    But they’ll never win 2 in a row

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