Yesterday was trophy day and I think we all celebrated it properly, and enjoyed the whole thing.
Nothing was going to ruin it for us, because we deserve it and we earned it through every minute of what was a long and arduous campaign.
This club has been through the wars this season, and it was only right that we all took a day and let our hair down in honour of the players and the manager, and in recognition of all their hard work.
We were never going to get our due credit – I’ll write more later about how it is being spun in some quarters – but we probably didn’t expect the torrent of negativity that was whipped up for us in the days leading up to the game … and which is still being whipped up now.
The rumour factory churned for the full week, with nothing actually going on.
Reports that Spurs might be considering the manager were blown massively out of proportion, turning our run-up to the match into a constant cycle of stories about a subject which had no bearing on the game or on the celebrations which were to come.
And that, of course, was the whole damned point of them.
The whole thing was a poisonous effort to detract from what was a fantastic achievement, and to cast a dark shadow over what we all hoped would be a fantastic day, and it was in spite of the nonsense which surrounded it.
Ange handled it all well. As well as could be expected for a guy who is being browbeaten into giving some kind of definitive statement on his future … which the hacks know full well that he cannot do.
There may or may not be an announcement after the cup final; we’ll have to wait and see. That announcement will most probably commit him to Celtic … but the media doesn’t want us thinking of any positives, just about worst case scenarios.
Still, they could not take anything away from us yesterday; that was the performance we’d been looking for and the party afterwards filled the city centre streets.
It was just what we’d been waiting for, and with the treble still on the best is yet to come.
In spite of their best efforts, we did in fact turn Glasgow Green and White.