St Mirren With The “Bragging Rights” For The Summer After Draw With Celtic Today.
There are sometimes results and performances which put other results and performances into their proper perspective and today was one of those. Despite the gibbering, drooling moron on Clyde who tried to turn it into a crisis moment, what we actually saw today was a game which put last weekend in the proper context; a performance from a team which has nothing to prove, which has already won a title and which is not going to over exert prior to the final.
As much as we want to see the team win every game, there is little doubt that the engine which drove the club has been brought down to a steady rumble instead of rolling on full revs. The game today was a damp squib of an encounter, and one we came close to get nothing from. We would not have been able to argue about it if we had.
Notice that nobody in the media is talking about “bragging rights” today; why not? St Mirren have drawn at Celtic Park and beaten us on their home ground, They have taken more points off us than any other side in the league. They are entitled to do a bit of bragging, but apparently only one club is allowed to do that, only one club marks a dead-rubber game as if it were a defining encounter, with the ability to alter the course of the future.
We were miles off it today, a performance with so many echoes of that game last weekend that only the wilfully blind aren’t seeing the pattern. It is inconceivable that we’d have turned in either display if we were still playing to win the title. Those who attempted to frame last week as more than it was have been embarrassed today, so obvious is it that our mentality has ever so subtly shifted.
As I said, we might not like that but it’s not a disaster and if it keeps everyone fresh and focussed for Hampden then it’s not something I’m going to spit fury about. We’re the best club in this country and have proved it over an outstanding campaign in which we’ve done the one thing that league champions have to do; we’ve won when it mattered, every time it did.
So let people like the Clyde clown vent their spleen. I am not going to cry over it. There are clearly some areas of the team we need to improve in the summer, but the manager knew that before the game and whatever the media thinks, the point I made during the week is that our plans won’t have changed. The boss knows more than all these people put together.
Congratulations to St Mirren, whose record against us this season is better than any other side in the country, a fact they will trumpet loudly but which few in the media will bother with because of what it says about their favourite club.
Their result last weekend is now presented in the context it deserved. I do not expect that any of those wetting their pants this time last week over The Mooch getting a face-saving win will even notice. This won’t change their fantasy existence either.