Another Ibrox player – this time Todd Cantwell, who hasn’t been in the door long enough to get his brown brogues their first good polish – is in the papers today wailing about the pain of losing to Celtic in the cup final.
Remember the cup final? It was weeks ago. We enjoyed it, yes, of course we did, but it’s over. The title is what’s important now because that’s what’s next.
They do love their living in the past. They cannot get away from it. But the longer they focus on it, the less they are concerning themselves with the present and the future. It is crazy how they are always living either in the past or projecting themselves forward. Celtic’s success is built on taking things one day at a time, one game at a time.
“I definitely think this squad has the mentality to win things,” he says, just after they’ve lost a final. “I can only go off what I’ve seen since I’ve been here.” Which has been a months and, I repeat, they’ve lost one of the two the trophies they were competing for.
“I definitely believe it. I saw the hurt in the players and I felt it as well after Hampden. I’ve only been here a month but it really opened my eyes to how much it means and how important it is for (this club) and the players.”
Maudlin, self-pitying, navel-gazing nonsense.
Even if that’s a dressing room in mourning, what does that say about them?
Would our club respond like this? Of course not.
We would be focussed on the next challenge. We would be pushing forward with our quest to win the league and the Scottish Cup. We would not waste a minute on this stuff, we should shake ourselves off and focus again.
Most important, you don’t talk about winning mentalities, you prove it. You can’t will it into existence. You show it, you demonstrate the reality of it and then you don’t need to talk about it again. That whole club has its head up its own backside, focussed on only one thing, only one club, it’s all about stopping us.