It’s times like these when you really notice how many pro-Ibrox stooges are in place across the media.
They have been put in place explicitly for moments like these, moments when they can try and drag their club out of its lethargy by injecting it with hope.
Barry Ferguson has been doing that in The Record for years now.
He’s not the worst, not by a long shot.
The paper which still employs Keith Jackson, whose article this time last week was so awful that I couldn’t even muster the willpower to slag it off properly, has so many on the payroll who simply trot out the Ibrox party line.
Ferguson is different though.
He really is nothing but a spokesman for Ibrox paid by others means, and whilst he’s capable of giving them stick this is what his job primarily consists of; talking them up, a bit of boosterism, anything to make them look good.
He and Jackson think Celtic are the ones who are feeling the heat. I don’t know which element of this he’s failing go grasp, but all we have to do it keep on winning.
If we get to New Year, 1 January, with this team having won its games then the league’s over because at that point, with an eight-point lead, Ibrox would be looking for snookers just to stay in it.
There are times when I have to double check that we’re the team with the five-point lead and the next derby on home turf. Any team would kill to be in this position.
The media is spinning it as Celtic being the team under pressure because The Belgian Waffler has gotten off to a good start and we’re the team out in front … isn’t it amazing how quickly and readily they change their tune on that front? It’s one of the clearest signs of bias you’ll get.
If Celtic is out in front then all the pressure is on the team who are leading. If we’re the ones chasing then that’s where the disadvantage is.
In truth, the team doing the chasing cannot slip up. If they do then it’s over. That’s why when we’ve been in that position Celtic managers have made it clear to the players that it’s just about taking it one game at a time.
You have Ibrox and its allies thinking about going to Celtic Park, winning, and going top, forgetting that we’d have to drop more points before then and they’d have to win every game.
They live in a fantasy world these people, one where Celtic’s form doesn’t exist.
We probably have better domestic form than any team in Europe over the past two and a bit seasons. At home we are virtually unassailable.
We haven’t lost a home domestic match since January 2021; come the New Year, if we get that far, it’ll be three years since we turned up at Parkhead for a league or cup game and saw a defeat.
I wrote last night about the schedule we’re facing; most of our games are at home. There are a couple of tricky away fixtures in there, but we’re on the flipside of the spell we came through in phase one, where we visited all the toughest away grounds.
Everything points to Celtic having the advantage.
If the Ibrox club was in our shoes the press would be trumpeting this stuff every day of the week. It does not matter what Clement does over there; if we keep on winning, that’s the ball-game, and if we win from now until New Year then we can start the party earlier than usual because if we get eight in front there is no way that we’re going to toss that sort of advantage away.
Could stuff go wrong? Sure it could.
We’re probably only an injury or two to our front men away from having real problems, but if the boss rotates the squad right and we make use of our depth then we’ll have nothing to worry about, in part because nobody at Celtic will take a single of one those points for granted and we will fight for every one.
Over at Ibrox, and amidst its media allies, they are already taking their points for granted, which is why all the talk from these ridiculous individuals is about how they can come to Celtic Park and go top of the league, as if it’s already a done deal, as if our dropping points is certain and their picking up the maximum from their own games is locked in.
But it’s advantage Celtic.
This weekend we’ll take on Motherwell at Celtic Park. Following that, they have to play at Pittodrie the next day. You tell me who is really under the microscope here. You tell me which club is fighting for its title challenge.
Whatever Barry Ferguson and Jackson think it ain’t us.