Events at Ibrox have dominated the headlines today, but let’s not forget that Celtic showed their steel and their never-say-die attitude at Fir Park at the weekend as well.
That result is what propelled us to the seven point advantage over them which detonated the managerial career of The Mooch and sent him back to England with his tail between his legs.
We’ve hit our stride at the right time. Going to Ibrox and winning, against the odds, when most of the hacks had written us off, changed the mood at Celtic just as surely as it soured the one across town. We have secured a big, big advantage for ourselves here. All we have to do now is keep on doing what we’ve been doing all along.
Focus on ourselves. Focus on the games in front of us the way we always have; with no heed given to the league table or how it looks. One thing matters, and only one thing; the next three points.
Everything else is white noise in the background.
We, the bloggers, have always given the club across the city the maximum scrutiny and at a time like this it’s especially fun to torment them with their mistakes. But the focus first and foremost is on Celtic, and if our club wasn’t in a happy place, I wouldn’t care what was going on across the street. And people inside Celtic generally don’t care at all.
We are always capable of shutting out whatever might distract us from the job at hand.
That incredible drive has been the constant at Celtic Park for the last few years, that idea that the only thing that counts is what’s in front of you next. That professionalism. That respect for every opponent.
Because we’re still facing two massive, tough, away ties in the next few weeks and we have to get through Tynecastle and Easter Road before we can think about the easier run coming up at home, taking us towards the New Year and what might well be a title decider. And even that run will involve going to Kilmarnock and other places … so staying focussed is critical.
Frankly, I don’t see how this Ibrox side, no matter who is in charge of it, gets through the run of games we’ve almost completed. What should have been a huge disadvantage to us at the start of this campaign has played into our hands instead.
That fixture list could have wrecked our season. A new manager, trying to work with a team not his own, and integrate new signings into the side at the same time? If that fixture list had been specifically designed to give us nightmares it could not have looked much different than it did … and yet we’re the ones with the lead.
That is the advantage we must press. Ibrox is in chaos.
If they don’t hire someone quickly, they are going to struggle to get a credible candidate.
Because if we’ve won our two crucial away matches and we’re facing a much easier second part of the campaign, whilst they face the one out of a nightmare, who but a pure fool would take on such a role?
Once again, we find their destiny, in some ways, resting in our hands.
We can squeeze that club like a tube of toothpaste and we don’t have to change a thing in our approach to accomplish that. Just keep winning. That’s where the pressure point is, and as long as we’re hitting it they’re thinking about their pain and nothing else.
That’s where we want them.