There are various ways in which a club is denied credit. In the past few weeks we have seen each and every one of them, and today we’ve reached the nadir of this coverage.
Today the focus in nearly every mainstream outlet is on what the visitors on Saturday did wrong rather than on the numerous things that this brilliant team of ours did right.
That is somewhat understandable; they and their audience are struggling to understand what they witnessed, and put it into a context that lets them carry on believing in their club.
But let’s not indulge them in that madness. This weekend was all about us. It was all about what we did right. It was all about how ruthless we’ve become.
Let’s put it this way; all the talk before the match was about how their manager had our system figured out. It’s not difficult to do because we play the same way every week, so it wasn’t a great shock that we approached the game as we did.
Almost all of the hacks who have written about this have concluded that the Ibrox management team and the players simply ignored what they knew and tried to approach the game as if we weren’t a front-foot all-attacking side.
Why is it a difficult leap for them to make to get to the truth?
It doesn’t matter if you can understand a team’s tactics … that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have the raw materials to counter it. You can know the mechanics of how a hurricane works. Nobody has figured out how to prevent one yet. And that’s the real problem for them and the one they simply can’t seem to get their heads around.
They simply didn’t have the tools to prevent that from turning into a rout.
Celtic have better players in every position.
We have a better manager with a better plan. We have a system which might seem obvious and even a little simplistic, but then as I always say, a lot of things look easy from the outside, until you try them for yourself.
We make football look simple. The great teams do. I used to watch Barcelona pass the ball through world class midfields and defences and wonder why they weren’t good enough to prevent that. It almost looked as if there was magic being weaved.
But none of it was magic, of course.
What you had was a team that was exceptionally well drilled, organised and hungry. Every player knew when he should be moving off the ball and to where. Every player possessed a certain level of quick-thinking and intelligence.
We were just too damned fast for them. Too sharp. Too crisp in the passing and too full of movement. This is what the manager has instilled in this side.
I said after the Dundee Utd game that everything we were promised when Ange became manager was being delivered, and I was not in the least bit surprised that we had that result in us.
Our superiority has been obvious for a while … not just since the start of this season but towards the end of the last one too. We now look streets ahead of them.
The weekend was ours.
Even those critics who were talking the worst sort of nonsense a few weeks ago have had to admit that we simply blew them away on Saturday, but few seem to want to accept what it all means.
So they focus on what they could have done better without ever asking themselves if there was anything they could have done to stop us. Instead of presuming that the Ibrox club did everything wrong, what if they did everything right … and it did them no good at all?
I can see why they don’t want to think that way … but they might be forced to.