Let me tell you why I was still bitching about the fixture list yesterday, although the split had arrived and we had avoided a scenario where we had extra away games whilst at Ibrox they had a couple of extra at home.
I was bitching because there was a verifiable bias to how the fixtures were laid out at the start of the season and if the table had looked as most would have expected – with the likes of Hibs and Aberdeen up there – we’d have faced that.
The fixture list reeked of something someone put together with the worst case scenario for Celtic in mind. I’m not saying that’s what happened, but it’s certainly what the fixture list looked like and I would defy anyone to deny that fact.
The way the table has worked out, it looks like no advantage existed.
But Ibrox clearly did have an easier campaign up until now.
That’s why I laughed when I saw their reaction to the post-split fixture list, where they are screaming about bias after an entire season telling us that the games are selected on a “random” basis … by the computer.
I love this, I really do.
And on what basis are they making this latest allegation?
On the basis that we can win the league on Game 35 or 36, both at home.
On the basis that if it goes to the last day, we’re at home again.
On the basis that they don’t have a chance to beat us in the first game, thus putting pressure on us for the next four.
On the basis that they will come to Celtic Park sandwiched between Europa League semi-finals.
There’s obviously a lot wrong with this picture.
For us to win the title on Game 35 they need to drop points against Motherwell and then lose to us.
For us to win it on Game 36 we need to beat them and then Hearts.
The last game is at home? So what? It means that our two away games are up first.
And Europa League semi-finals? They are 1-0 down from the first leg, so that’s a huge leap to make.
These Peepul are lunatics, they really are. They seem to have found every available angle from which to attack these fixtures; it makes little difference either way. They would still have faced three games away and two at home and we’d still have to play three at home and two away. We know which games are which.
Yet their forums are screaming that this is proof that the league authorities are corrupt.
I think they’d have moaned whatever the fixture list said.
I’m not even going to deny being pleased about the scheduling.
If we win our first three matches the league will be won before I go off on holiday, and that’s what I was hoping for.
The second and third games are both at home, which means there’s no mad scramble for tickets for people to witness the prize being won if we do our job on the pitch.
It means that the title party will almost certainly be at home, in front of a full house, where we can all celebrate it together.
After a tough, tough season and the most slanted fixture list in living memory, this is a beautiful scenario to take us towards the end. We were due a break and the post-split schedule is the one we were waiting for.