Nine And A Half Weeks,,,
That’s the blight of international football over till March,if we get that far. Thank the Lord-it continues to be a source of frustration for me and for so many others. Approaching the end of November,and the EPL has only had eight rounds of fixtures while Celtic have only managed twelve so far. A ridiculous state of affairs,and you can already see the fixture pile-ups not far over the horizon.
Between now and New Year,Celtic have a League Cup tie at home to Ross County as well as the delayed 2020 Scottish Cup Final against the gorgie gargoyles. Add in three pretty meaningless Europa League ties and it’s a miracle that we have any time left at all to play league football!
But do it,we must. And more importantly,we have to do it a damn sight better than we’ve managed so far this season. Our league schedule till New Year throws in another six matches during 39 days,a crushing total of eleven matches in that period. And then kicks off the New Year with a trip to the Victorian lavvy on the other side of town. It reads Hibs (A) St Johnstone (H) Kilmarnock (H) Ross Co (H) Hamilton (A) and Dundee Utd (H)
It’s too much to hope that Hamilton will have time to lay the new carpet that they bought in the Boxing Day sales,so we will just have to deal with it. Meantime,I hope the Sky commentator has done his homework,because it will be over two months by then since he last commentated on a Celtic game.
So much for Sky,the wonderful media partner that Scottish football whores itself for…
But I’d like to project your thoughts just a little past New Year,and to the end of January. That gives us Sevco (A) Hibs (H) Livingston (H) St Mirren (A) and Hamilton (H). There are three empty midweek slots there,and I suspect that Celtic will use at least two of them to play the previously postponed ones from earlier,and the total of eleven league games in the two months gives us a full round of matches,a quarter of our season schedule,plus any rescheduled postponements.
We need to win them all! In fact,we should be going out on Saturday,and in every following game this season,with the firm intention of not only taking a fourth Treble,not only with designs on beating the Nine In A Row that The Lisbon Lions et al achieved around half a century ago,we should be focusing on beating a record which I personally treasure.
The 25 successive league victories that Martin’s magnificent side achieved,and we should be wanting to do it in the same manner too. A mix of steel and panache,putting a marker down to everyone that they write us off at their peril,and far too soon at that.
To achieve this is not an insurmountable task,far from it,but it will take a massive improvement on what we have seen so far. And it will mean EVERYONE involved stepping up and doing their bliddy job. That’s the manager,the coaches and most of all,the players. It means being professional and playing as though they still have it all to prove-which,trust me,many of them do,especially if they want that big money move. It means proper coaching. And it means proper recruitment too,starting with a left sided centre back who is fit and ready to start right away.
The Celtic fans have had it with excuses,had it with players not giving a monkeys,or with simply playing whichever way they feel like. It’s a team game and there are ten colleagues out there to pass the ball to,start a move going,run into a dangerous area to receive. There are records to be broken and legendary status to be achieved. There’s room on the big wraparound mural adorning the stadium for fuxake! Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a team that did all that?
We will soon find out.
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