A few weeks ago, I said that it would be nice indeed to win the title on Coronation Weekend.
I also said it wouldn’t happen because I didn’t see how any of the rudderless sides in this league was going to stop either ourselves or the club from Ibrox picking up maximum points.
When we dropped points on Saturday that really did look like curtains for the idea.
But just 24 hours later, with Aberdeen neatly dispatching Ibrox’s team and shattering the myth that they are some relentless force (until they play us haha) all of a sudden it’s not just a possibility but a cold hard fact of life.
Coronation Weekend is our title window.
It is exciting. It is also deliciously ironic. If we knock them out of the Scottish Cup next weekend then their wee day of supremacist jubilee is really all they have to look forward to for many, many months.
And we’re not even leaving them with that.
It seems to me that after a long period of denial that finally some harsh realities are starting to dawn on their fans. Nothing is sacred. They should have known when the Queen came to Celtic Park for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, and in doing so caused the whole surrounding area to be transformed, that all the old realities had gone by the boards.
I don’t know whether Ibrox ever had a chance of hosting that opening ceremony, but I know the optics of it would not have looked good; a ground where a massive fraud against Revenue and Customs had been hatched, and people on the board who were there at the time, being given a prestigious honour like that. So it went to us instead.
Think of how gutting, and frustrating, and infuriating, that must have been.
I know there was much bitching and wailing and complaining at the time.
They see our reaction to her death as some kind of treachery.
They will doubtless see our partying on the day of the coronation as something very similar. But as I’ve said on this site before this is a fundamental difference in thinking between their fans and ours.
We are citizens, they are subjects.
My answer to them is the same one Wallace gave just before his execution. “I cannot be a traitor, for I owe him no allegiance. He is not my sovereign; he never received my homage; and whilst life is in this persecuted body, he never shall receive it.”
We were always going to have our party, and it was always going to be sweet.
I welcome the fact that it will be on Coronation Weekend. I love it in fact.
It would have been a wonderful day no matter how or when it was celebrated; that it will take some of the shine off their own, that it will make it that little less worthwhile to them … well that’s the cherry on the sundae.
Not necessary to enjoy it … but nice nonetheless.