50 wins in the league under Ange.
He has now equalled Rodgers’ in getting to that number so quickly. Martin O’Neill did it more quickly, but nevertheless for Ange to have equalled the Invincible Treble boss is remarkable, and scary for those chasing us.
Ange, don’t forget, had that shaky start. So many bad results in his first seven games. The man is entitled to feel very pleased with what he has achieved here, on a personal basis, but he will not stand around to take the plaudits. He’s too focussed for that.
There are, after all, trophies to win.
But as far as the league goes the nine point lead and the 23 goal advantage are restored, and we did it without really getting out of second gear today. There were a couple of individual performances which stood out as particularly excellent – Mooy and Jota were both immense – but it’s the team that continues to impress most.
To be part of the chasing pack has to be thoroughly demoralising. The Mooch is preening and strutting before the media, proud of his record. And it’s a decent record, as far as it goes, but it hasn’t made a dent in our points lead and we’ve extended the goal difference since he arrived.
But it doesn’t matter how well they play – and they aren’t playing well, they needed a penalty and a man advantage to make sure of the points yesterday – we are like a machine built to amass points, and we continue to no matter what they do.
At some point that has to start sapping the confidence of the chasing club. Because it starts to look a bit pointless when you’re knocking your pan in every week to no avail. If we were in their position I would feel a bit sick every time I heard one of their results.
It must be worse when they watch us and form their impressions of how we play. Because it doesn’t look as if we’re going to drop anything and although I know that’s an unrealistic view and that eventually we will, you don’t see how or where it will come to pass at the moment. There are now just 15 league games left and we’d need to absolutely collapse – not just slip up but collapse – for this not to be another title winning campaign.
And standing in the way of that is Ange Postecoglou.
50 wins in the league as Celtic boss and done in just 61 games, the same as Rodgers. From where we were seven games into that run to where we are now … it’s almost unbelievable, and there’s no sign of it stopping.