You have to love these Ibrox players, constantly doing their talking in the media when their own fans just want them to do it on the park.
They can’t stop making promises about how next time they face us it will all be different, how we’ll see a better performance from them, how they might actually show up. All they are doing is setting up their own humiliation.
We play them in just over a week.
They should be focussed, but they cannot seem to shake us out of their heads, and the thing is, it’s the players who have failed against us over and over again who have the biggest mouths when it comes to us.
Tavernier and Goldson are the most vocal in trying to provoke a response.
Celtic continues to ignore them and continues to play its own football, focussing on one game a time and not even considering them until the time to do so comes around.
Yesterday it was Goldson talking big and pushing the narrative that they haven’t given up on the title race, as if this is meant to scare us. The title race will come to a juddering, shuddering stop at Celtic Park next weekend, and then the recriminations at Ibrox will begin anew.
We did that club profound psychological damage when we won the League Cup Final, and every day that passes makes that ever more clear. They are hell-bent on vengeance and that’s something we should use against them like a good martial artist uses the weight of an assailant to bring that person down.
We render them almost unable to think straight.
Just look at the “out of character” behaviour of their women’s coach this week.
The more they poke us with a stick, the sweeter it will be to beat them.
Our team doesn’t need the extra motivation – the will to win is strong enough without it – but I bet that Ange is happy to have it just the same, just in case there were players in the squad who did need a little jolt.
Our team does its talking on the pitch.