On the 30th of August I wrote ‘that’s that then’.
We had just lost to our rivals and the current Champions but not only that had no style or substance on the park.
It hadnt been working, we looked very lightweight and disjointed as a squad, the failed Champions League qualifier plus another high profile defeat had many believing it was going to be a loooong season most likely trophyless.
That was then.
Since that fateful defeat, we’ve only went and found our feet.
Since then (domestically) we have,,,
Scored 13 goals whilst conceding 3
Taken 13 points of a possible 18
Kept 3 clean sheets in a row for the first time under Ange
Then take into consideration the following facts,,,
We’ve already had our blip,
Our entire squad is almost available,
We face all three teams above us soon,
January transfer targeting has begun,
We can now grind out results and win ugly
Despite our previous wobbles we are only 4 points adrift,
Ange is just getting started.
This is a team that has yet to find second gear. The middle of the park is there to be improved, James Forrest should lift the right hand side up a level, we still don’t have a number one left back which affects our number one right back. Two summer signings are just entering the fray now (Scales & G-Mac), and two have been deemed not decent enough (Uroghigde & Shaw). Then there’s the clear campaign by the refs.
Despite all this,,we are well positioned and are heading towards title winning form.
There’s not a single SPL team I would even think of trading places with.
We are poised for an assault up the table having solidified as a unit and gained some belief in our play.
Being top now would bring its own pressures, there’s no need for the moment.
Let the team at the top get hounded by the two below them just now, and forget about ourselves. Given time and their squad depth, both are destined to naturally fall away, but hopefully not before they drove the team above hard, and tackled them harder.
When it comes to player trading there’s around a dozen players donating nothing to the first team who wouldn’t be missed at all. That’s a lot of wages. Those unwanted could be asset managed or released creating funds, there are some options as we saw with Ncham. Most league clubs would snap up a Celtic bargain or freebie, Bain and Soro for instance.
I don’t see any other clubs in the land with such numbers to wheel and deal.
As Round 2 of fixtures gets fully underway, our false ranking and underachieving start may have given us an unexpected bonus,,,
That despite being a lowly fourth in the table, it might just be the famous Glasgow Celtic who are sitting pretty in the SPL.