In the elation we all feel over our team’s striking return to form, there is one nagging doubt at the back of all of our minds; that those in charge at Celtic might have convinced themselves that we are back in business and that the manager has things in hand. Kyogo not being selected for Japan in the Asian Cup might be another factor in their thinking.
But by God, this attitude must not control how we act in the next few weeks. This team has gotten its nose in front again and we’ve done so in a way that has rocked Ibrox to its foundations.
Their explosion of irrationality is the proof of that. They are the ones who are rattled and panicked. If we get our act together here, we’ve got this in our hands.
For once, this club has to act aggressively instead of proceeding with caution.
It’s not cautious anyway, it’s a high-risk strategy which could easily have blown up in our faces. Our board has no idea how much they are teetering on the brink of a full fan uproar. They would be crazy to think that the results of the past handful of games have changed that.
We know this club is run on the basis of cronyism and nepotism.
Our transfer policy is in the hands of someone grossly unqualified to hold the post, and he wouldn’t have the job if he wasn’t the chairman’s son.
Brendan Rodgers will tolerate only so much, and he has proved to be one of the best assets the club has. He didn’t come here for this.
That man has proved his quality again.
He’s earned the right to run this as he sees fit, and the money is there to let him build the version of this team that he wants. What we have proved recently is that we are actually not far short; the same three or four signings that would have transformed the summer are all we actually need right now.
If we get those guys in place and he can convince this squad to stay together into the next campaign and mount that assault on the new Champions League, what an opportunity we’re going to have in front of us and whatever business we do will pay for itself.
A signing in the front line is essential, although Kyogo is still here.
The boy from Rapid Vienna appears to have the right pedigree because he can play as a striker as well as wide … he would compliment the talent we already have and would make sure we didn’t have to rely on the likes of Mikey Johnston or James Forrest going forward.
I still hope for an out and out goal scorer.
We need one, because even with Kyogo still here we’ve lost both Maeda and Oh and they are our other recognised strikers. It’s all well and good saying Abada and Palma could fill in as strikers, but you’re then weakening two areas of the team instead of one because neither of them is a natural. We cannot mess about here.
Even Brendan’s biggest critics must now recognise the manager’s great strengths and the possibilities which are in front of us if we give him the full support he’s earned. This club succeeds in spite of our board, not because of them.
If they want to change that perception, if they want to claim their role in the success story, they have to start justifying it.
Lawwell Jnr in particular has got to start earning his keep.
This window is a chance to convince some of his doubters. Or he can pose ever more questions about what in God’s name his function is at Celtic Park.