There are two sides to a title race.
The points you win and the points you drop, and when your team is winning week on week you can almost convince yourself that you will never see another loss.
But every single one of us knows that you will, every single one of us knows that there will be a defeat at some stage like lightning out of a clear sky.
There are times, though, when you watch a team that is winning but it becomes increasingly hard to work out how exactly they are doing it.
There are teams which you watch and their success is almost unfathomable.
They constantly put points on the board and nobody can quite work out how they are doing it. I watched the Ibrox team tonight huff and puff for 70 minutes until they had their second against Ayr, and I wonder to myself what it is we’re so worried about.
They are not a good team. They are not playing brilliant or dazzling football although to hear some of the hacks you’d swear to God that they have to be. The thing is, we’re not looking great and it is this that causes a lot of the anxiety I feel around me on any given matchday these days. Its our form which has us spooked because we’re just not that great right now.
I would urge every Celtic fan concerned about our form to watch just one of their matches. They have become grimly effective at getting over the line, but that’s really all it is.
They don’t look markedly different from the team they were under The Mooch. He, too, was good at getting results against modestly talented sides, but just like here they didn’t look like a team that was going to blow out every opponent or win every game.
When the dropped points and the defeats come, they will certainly not be a surprise. I recognise that the pro-Ibrox hacks need to convince themselves that they’ve made this massive jump in quality but I don’t see it because it just isn’t there.
They are awful to watch. Their direct ball game is dire. Their individual players are nowhere near on the level of ours.
It’s easy to forget when we’re all so focussed on our own form that the opposition isn’t great shakes either. It’s only a few weeks ago that we beat them and they are currently on a run involving all the teams in the bottom half.
Games they’d be expected to win.
The truth of this title race is just as it ever was; when we get our act together things will look different.
Any fan who has convinced his or herself that this is over, watch one of their games and tell me that. Watch their one-dimensional football and tell me they will just keep on winning points and that you are sure of that. Remember; every Ibrox boss is a world beater until he isn’t, and every Ibrox team is going to sweep aside all comers … until they can’t.
If we were even a little bit better, I wouldn’t even be considering the nightmare scenario.
I am definitely more worried about us throwing it away than I am about them winning it … because they continue to be absolutely awful to watch and I wish people would remember that before their panic goes off the deep end.