There have been few periods in our recent history when being a Celtic fan has been so relaxed as it is right now. The club is on a better footing than it has been on in years.
Things are ticking along at Celtic Park quite nicely at the moment.
There is a certain security to be had in this calm. We know that our destiny is in our own hands. We know that if we just keep on doing what we’re doing that nobody in Scotland will touch us. We are focussed on more distant horizons too, of course, but we recognise that this is the bread and butter stuff, this is the day job, this is what truly matters.
Here, in this position of being Scotland’s dominant club, we can only blow it up for ourselves. No matter what some in the media might tell themselves, no matter what the hordes of Ibrox might think, that is the simple truth of the matter.
Today the Usual Suspects of Sevconia are talking all the usual supremacist bull. They talk of how one man can “close the gap”, but that gap is a chasm and it isn’t restricted merely to what our club can put out on the park. There is chaos behind the scenes at Ibrox, genuine chaos, and that won’t be fixed by re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
Celtic will have looked at the circumstances surrounding Van Bronckhorst’s departure with wry amusement. Nobody inside Parkhead will have been followed by their little charade and the talk of “shortlists”. Partly because we’ve played the same game.
But mostly, people inside Celtic Park know that even if Beale was the coach that some of them believe him to be that “catching up” still requires, in a very real sense, that we make a mess of the position we’re currently in. As long as we do our jobs, what they do over there is largely irrelevant, and right now we’re performing very well indeed.
Our directors also know that this is a huge error that Ibrox has made here, throwing a rookie into the battle with Ange Postecoglou, the very worst guy to put an untested manager up against.
They know Beale’s record, both under Gerrard and out on his own at QPR, wholly uninspiring, and that there are real doubts about him not just amongst some of the Sevco fans but in the media … and in the Ibrox boardroom as well, which nobody wants to discuss.
Nobody at Celtic is altering the plan and wondering how we’ll cope.
We’re progressing as we were before, and we’re daring them to try to. Far from causing sleepless nights amongst our directors this will have them snoring loudly and dreaming deeply.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
There is nothing to scare us in this appointment.
You never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.