Christ almighty, what vomit inducing stuff in the media this week since Sevco won their cup semi-final. Tavernier (Penalty) got them underway and Hearts collapsed as we’d all have expected them to do. And the story of the week is of how everything has changed over there, that they are on the ascent.
Our European defeat is interpreted as the proof that we’re on the slide at the side time, that and that shocker of a performance at Easter Road.
But Ross County was the point where a long series of away games came to an end. We have a couple of tough ones to come, at Kilmarnock and St Mirren, where we lost this season already and where we lost last season, but the traditionally tough visits are all behind us for a turn. Ibrox is going into theirs.
If i were them, I’d put the party on hold a while.
Our performances haven’t all be stellar, but we’ve got the points on the board and we’re in good shape for this second stage of the campaign.
They are the ones who will be up against it in this spell, and we’ll find out whether they are up to snuff or not. Some of their toughest fixtures will take place before January comes with its opportunities to strengthen.
Ha! Strengthen! They never explain where the money for that is coming from. I’ll discuss that a bit later on, because there was an interesting piece in the papers about that the other day. We know there can’t be much in the coffers.
We’ll see how it shakes out.
But if we keep winning, and we’re in what will be the easiest stretch of this whole campaign, they are going to be chasing our shadow.
They kick off before we do this weekend, on the first of those away games. It’s the easiest one for them, at Livingston, but the tough tests are on their way after the international break and then we’ll see if this guy can hack it.
We’re the leaders. Everyone else has to chase us down, and as long as we’re doing our job there is nothing they can do.
The Mooch had a good run when he started out, he won all of his early games until we played them and the media sung this same song on his behalf, and the tune sounds eerily familiar to those of us who have heard it a few times now.
Even I can’t believe how often these patterns repeat, and I have been doing this for a decade or more. The same people write the same nonsense over and over again. They build themselves up only to tear it all down again shortly thereafter.
Oh but everything has changed!
This time – this time haha – everything is going to be different.
But one thing is constant; us.
Our form. Our ability to get the results week in and week out. Celtic’s strength on the domestic front is the thing that has faltered only once in the last dozen years, and that was in a year so exceptional they can never hope for a repeat of it.
No matter what people might think of our board and our signing policy, the squad we have at our disposal is easily the best in the country and we have the right manager in charge of it.
Even if they win all their games up until Celtic Park, they still have to come to our house and I know who I fancy to win that one.
Even a draw there still leaves us with the advantage. It does not matter how good they are; if we keep on going Clement needs to be perfect. Anything less and the natives over there will turn on him with a vengeance.
Every Ibrox boss gets a honeymoon, and then it all turns on him. The media makes them heroes and then it calls them fools.
And Celtic marches on all the while. This weekend is the start of the second run of games. By the time it ends, we’ll see where we are.