Someone Told Me There’d Be Days Like This … And For Celtic It Makes No Difference At All.

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Van Morrison’s beautiful classic “Days Like This” was about a perfect day. It’s one of those songs where the meaning is often confused, but it’s an actually an inverse to that old “today is just one of those days” feelings. Celtic fans have those days more often than not when they watch their team right now, so it’s good to remember, at times, that there is an inverse side to it.

Because what I know, what all football fans know, is that are going to be days like this one. Days when you can’t put the ball in the net. Days when the team seems flat. Days when the oppositions wastes time, hits on the break and grabs a goal and then hangs on for grim death. We haven’t lost a game today, just dropped two points. In the end it’s not even a setback.

Because if you are going to have “days like this” as a football fan you are better having them in the context of this one, and the context is important to remember. It’s better to have them late in the campaign, with the league just about won, when you’ve rested key players in anticipation of a cup semi final next week on the way to a possible treble.

Already that drooling halfwit on Clyde is gleeful about the result talking about how “Celtic’s depth is not as deep as they think it is” … my loathing for that clown grows in a way I barely thought possible. Our “depth” was not the issue here. The league was virtually secured a fortnight ago and nobody in this team is going to run through walls with Hampden coming up and nor should they.

The “depth” was enough – not Hatate, not Abada, no Mooy (he didn’t get onto the park) – to see off the Ibrox club … in short, when it mattered. Without a slew of top players we went to Kilmarnock last weekend and won the game inside the first half hour. His bile and poison is not going to seep into any discussion over what we saw today, not his utter cluelessness in any way “inform” – I use that word in the most sarcastic way possible – the debate.

It was one of those days. We’ve had a million of them, but never one that has had so little impact on the season or one that is less likely to change the mood around the club. He and the other wretched media specimens who want to turn this into more than it is have one week to bask in it.

Next Sunday we’re going to shut them up in a big, big way.

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  • harold shand says:

    Listened to that show earlier that old fud saying about 5 times that Van Veen ( who did score a good goal ) terrorised us was f*cking absurd

  • Ryan Ellis says:

    Really? Nobody ever told me there’d be days like these! – J Lennon

  • Johnny Green says:

    I was disappointed with today’s result, not because it had any impact on the league and indeed we actually increased the gap for the time being. However, it was an insipid performance and with the added incentive of being the first Celtic team to win every home match in any one season our efforts were somewhat lacking in intensity. We will just have to create that record next season.

    As regards we will sort them out next week, I sincerely hope so and I firmly expect so.

  • Frank j Cavin says:

    Spot on m8. Been following Celtic for many years. Had lots of days like this, but at the end the season we’ll b the one’s holding the league trophy.
    And hopefully the Scottish Cup. HAIL HAIL ?. LOVE YOUR BLOG

  • Martin.H says:

    Towards the end of the season, you huff and puff, but that was shite, Ange will get this sorted.

  • paul obrien says:

    Better to get a bad game out of way just to remind us that nothing is guaranteed and to sharpen the attitude for next week

    • Johnny Green says:

      I said exactly that when we played Ross County a week before we played the huns at Celtic Park. Aye we won but…….not nearly as well as anticipated.

  • Paddybhoy67 says:

    I think Ange’s post-match interview contradicts your piece James. He won’t let anything mask the disappointment the management and the players feel with the performance and the result. That was poor today … and it matters.

    • John L says:

      Hopefully it was a hic up along the way. I would like to know who thought it a good idea to leave Taylor with Van Ven ? not Taylor,s fault, It just shouldn’t have happened. Roll on next for normal service to be resumed. Hail Hail

  • S Thomas says:

    We can’t win every game.. league is over so no complaints here. We have lost only once this season in the league. This happens to all the best sides.. will get the guys more motivated to go on another winning run, including the semi final. So it could work out for the best.

  • Finbar muldoon says:

    THIRTEEN clear. Luvly stuff. HH

    • Scud Missile says:

      Unlucky for some 10 by tomorrow and then the PANIC will set in,sevco gaining ground watch this space.
      The semi-final next week has gone and we ain’t even there yet.

  • Johnno says:

    Looked and played like a team with other matters on our mind.
    Our intensity was nowhere near what we have become use to, yet can’t see it being a factor next week either.
    Have to realise at times these players aren’t robots either and believe we will have a totally different mindset for the semi.
    Biggest concern for myself today was without a Jota or abada our right hand side didn’t click and hacko looks very uncomfortable on the right also, hope that’s resolved next week

  • Kevan McKeown says:

    Apart from the 1st half at Kilmarnock, that’s a few games now, aye we’ve been gettin points, tho we’ve no been showin the flair we’ve been used tae watchin under Ange. This game next Sunday’s goin tae be the hardest game we’ll play them this season, so hopefully we’ll see an improvement.

  • Effarr says:

    Couldn’t have happened in a worse week. It’ll give them the confidence of getting a result next week. 18 times from behind and Celtic catch up again but just once for a chance to go even further in front and they s4it in the nest.

  • Hugh Reilly says:

    Lost count of number of balls hit towards front post and met by Motherwell player. We need to vary it more, dink to back post or pulled back to penalty spot area. Can’t go high cos got no height unless Oh is playing. Bad day at the office . Much improvement needed for next week.


    Stop commenting on how Celtic are going to do this and that.

    Just sssh please.

    Celtic have been poor for a while now.

    Open your eyes.


    It is the business end of season. Celtic failed today. Celtic have failed in the past few weeks.

  • Henriksgoldenboot says:

    Listening to the radio today, you would have thought the national emergency broadcast planned for tomorrow (more on that later) would have been more appropriate for today after that “shock” result and that we were going to go into meltdown and capitulate the league, set the alarm bells ringing!

    As the legend John Lennon sang, strange days like these, and for that reason, as a supporter I really didn’t care about that result today because as you mentioned James, none of these guy’s were running through walls today and we were missing a bit of drive. Saving themselves for something bigger I’d say, so no my alarm bells weren’t ringing today, and they won’t be tomorrow either when the insidious government national alarm is tested because I will be disabling my phone and switching it off for a few hours as I advise you all to do, This is a new attempt at track and trace. Do not be alarmed. Do not be suckered in. God bless you brothers and sisters. HH.

  • Jim Duffy says:

    Just seemed a bit flat today,? complacency?it’s like we thought it was game over when calmac scored and we thought,games won ,but I thought yesterday that Motherwell of all teams seem to put a spoke in our wheel,I think a lot of the team were of the boil today because realistically we should beat murderwell,but they have shafted us before,ok the league’s ours but we could have went for record points ,but we’re champions again,I can see Barry Robson’s dons taking points of that shower today.

  • S Thomas says:

    Sometimes that happens.. don’t know what all the fuss is about. We have lost 1 game all season, you can’t win them all. They will get it right for next week. It was just one of those days that you get sometimes. Could be blessing in disguises, as can see us going on long winning run, and just in time for semi final next week.

  • S Thomas says:

    Sometimes that happens.. don’t know what all the fuss is about. We have lost 1 game all season, you can’t win them all. They will get it right for next week. It was just one of those days that you get sometimes. Could be blessing in disguises, as can see us going on long winning run, and just in time for semi final next week.

  • Chris says:

    You could see how badly we were missing Hatate, Jota, Abada and even Forrest yesterday.
    Players with their ability are always going to be missed.

    • JimBhoy says:

      100% Chris. Vata did well when he came on 2 excellent crosses that probably should have materialised as goals. He needs time and games.

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