How excited our press corps have been this past week and a bit. Injury issues at Celtic.
Wow. This is the best thing that has happened to some of them this season, and they aren’t even trying to hide it.
Carter Vickers, Hatate, Mooy, Taylor, Maeda, Abada … they salivate over each possible issue, always doing their mental calculations out there on the front pages.
Will he miss “the game” at Celtic Park? Possibly even the cup semi-final?
What should be a showpiece encounter has become, for them, a countdown to disaster and so they clutch at every straw that they can that it might go badly for us, and this is their latest one.
Imagine buying a ticket for a big show and hoping that the best actors in the cast do not appear for the opening night.
That’s what some in our media have been reduced to.
The game that will be seen around the world, and they don’t want the stars the world craves to see to be on the stage.
What a joke. What a disgrace they are.
They won’t get their wish either.
Ange has two weeks until the team takes the field again.
He has three until the game at Parkhead which they are all so stressed over that they can’t sleep at night.
And he has more than a month to get players back on the training pitch before Hampden.
I suspect that we’ll have a fully fit squad, ready and raring to go, when the big fixtures come and you know what? Even if we don’t, this is what the most balanced and complete Celtic team in my lifetime was constructed for. So that when one player isn’t available another can slot right into his place in the side.
That’s how good this squad is.
And that’s why their excitement and their hopes are grossly misplaced.
It’s not as if Celtic is in any danger of not naming enough subs for major matches, and last season we had a period where we had a host of first team players out at the same time … and we still came through it unscathed.
These are the facts of the case and they are undisputed.
Celtic will march onwards.
When those games kick off, we’ll be ready whoever we put out on the pitch. Right now, in spite of the media’s drooling over every like sprain and strain, we’re on course for having the full squad available