I thought there were two massive things that came out of that game yesterday; the first is that VAR is going to challenge us, because it still run by the usual suspects and we saw a staggering example of their bias in the decision not to award us a penalty.
The second thing is that we’re not going to let that stop us from doing the job and putting the points on the board. That performance yesterday was gritty, determined and at times brilliant. It was a triumph for all the qualities Ange has instilled in this team.
We saw two penalties given against and conceded three goals at Tynecastle. There are not many Celtic teams I’ve watched in my lifetime who could have stood up to their rough-housing and the dire officiating and still come out of that game with a win.
Even over on the Ibrox forums, they were impressed by that in spite of not wanting to be. They know that this is a Celtic team unlike anything they’ve seen before; capable of digging in deep when it matters and playing devastating football at the same time.
AngeBall, at its root, is the philosophy that we have enough about us to overcome adversity no matter what form it takes. We scored four times yesterday, all of them from open play, and we had the ball in the net another twice. (And nobody has adequately explained why they didn’t count; oh the usual suspects have had their say but still …)
So even with Hearts scoring three times and the officials chopping two goals off, we still won the match. That is impressive and scary for the rest of the league. That is especially scary for fans who are watching their team stumble from one bad display to another right now even as we start opening up the gap at the top again.
We have scored fourteen goals in the last three games. The winner at St Johnstone has done just what some of us said it would; it has re-fired this team and brought their confidence back. Some of them are just flying right now and you can see it.
Even when we’re facing difficult conditions and adverse circumstances – even when we’re facing blatant cheating – we have enough power to win. Ange has fashioned one Hell of a mentality at this club, one which does not buckle. One which does not break.
Those three points yesterday would have been massive even if they hadn’t come in a weekend where the Ibrox club dropped more. The manner of that win has given us all a further lift. What a team this is turning into.