Whatever James Tavernier thought he was doing today, he was not – as the papers want you to believe – warning Celtic.
Because we don’t need the warning, thank you very much.
Anyone who looks at the league table and sees the number of games left to play knows that this league isn’t won and never was.
Who says so? Our manager does.
This is another one of these press stories which seems to be the result of the media hearing something from Ibrox and believing that it contains a remarkable amount of insight. Team captain whose time has 31 matches still to play refuses to concede the race. Is that a story? For God’s sake, a story would be if he had thrown in the towel.
You know, the way his manager did with the “we can’t compete” stuff in Europe.
Sooner or later, we are going to deal this lot a deadly blow in this race.
There’s a certain amount of inevitability about that.
But this time last year we were the ones where they are right now and if anyone at Celtic had conceded Ange would have marched them right out the door. At the same time, anyone doing a victory lap before St Mirren would have got the same.
The fundamentals are going to matter here, particularly over this 13 game period we’re about to be catapulted into. And the fundamentals are that we have better players, a better coach and – and this is the critical one – the stronger squad.
The league race might very well be all but over by the time the World Cup starts.
But even then, nobody at Celtic will be claiming it … just as you’d think nobody at Ibrox will concede it. I am amazed that the press thinks that his comments are worthy of all this hype.
The idea that he’s warning Celtic or sending a message to us is preposterous … St Mirren sent that message perfectly clearly about 12 days ago. We know exactly what we have to do.