Tales of the unexpected
It’s hard to type with tragedy so fresh, but Bertie himself would agree the show must go on, and that no man or woman is bigger than the club.
And at a global giant with millions of different fans, there’s usually something to talk about.
Today a few unexpected twists and turns deserve dissecting.
I suppose most seasons have unexpected moments, rarely do things go as planned for we are human so mistakes shall be made as a matter of fact, and then there’s injuries and the loss/finding of form to contend with. I believe it’s fair to say some leeway is expected, but rarely do things go absolutely about face.
Rarely is our club the beneficiary of a stroke of luck, but this season fortune has smiled upon us,,two individuals in particular.
It’s not outwith the realms of possibility that Ange shall complete a dream treble on his debut season.
Likewise Anthony Ralston could have his dream year with a starting berth, a new contract, an International call-up, and could be in the running for POTY.
Six months ago the above statement would have prompted questions regarding your mental health, but here we are.
Two feats I and many more had deemed an impossibility are now within reach, neither would shock and might actually be a decent double bet.
Only two or three months ago we signed a Croatian International right back which could have ended Tony’s time at Celtic, plus we lost a derby playing dismally concluding in myself stating ‘thats that then’ as debate raged over the future of our Greek Australian.
And just look at how things have changed since, it’s been an incredible turn of events.
It’s actually a bit hard to believe.
Of course the manager won’t publicly state this is his league to win now, but that’s the truth.
He’s gotta be excited, he’s gotta realize he might take the title after all. I watched Martin and Brendan walk in and complete clean sweeps,, both proper managers very good at their job. After reading calls for his head, the previously unknown Ange could join that exalted company, wow.
I like to think title hopes shall spur him on and put a bit of spring in his step, a second wind of you like. In this he should have the renewed vigour of Anthony to help lift the spirit in the dressing room.
Few would have predicted Master Ralston would benefit the most from the new manager, fewer still his trajectory this year,,the bhoy must be on cloud nine all the time! It’s not just going right for him, it’s going perfect. I think we can safely say he’s not moping about the dressing room tripping over his bottom lip.
We can safely say he’s happy, which as you know is infectious.
A very happy employee in what already looked like a happy camp, and now the manager has been given a huge boost.
And there’s backups to come, already scouted and worked on.
This transitional season should have seen low expectations, circumstances dictate the opposite is now true.
From my viewpoint we need three statement victories from here.
Firstly this weekend knock out the existing cup holders in what shall be a tough game.
This should give confidence and something to look forward to.
Next a resounding win against the current Champions in December, ideally against their new manager but it doesn’t matter, that should be the killer psychological blow that hands the upper edge to the leather belts.
And then deliver the early League Cup to help inspire confidence and keep the feel good factor growing, letting that momentum carry us over the finish line. Ideally we stuff the Ibrox mob in the final but it doesn’t really matter, the images of a triumphant Celtic team will suffice.
If Ange ever needed a reminder of how important Cups are the biggest complaint about the new Villa manager was 1 outta 9 trophies in Scotland doesn’t qualify you for the EPL. I’ve a sneaky feeling our manager will have a better win ratio, but that goes to show any trophy counts.
Of course the other unlikely beneficiary of these unexpected events is you. Once the dip occured many comments expressed it’s going to be a long hard season, or words to that effect. There was a general understanding transition will probably mean non Champions, that was the overwhelming feeling only three months ago. No one dared dream of the title then,,now that dream has been well and truly kindled.
Not just by departures across the city though, we found form and spirit and were gunning for it anyway, some would have fancied us.
The titles there to be won, no one is handing us anything.
The famous crowd can once again roar on their heroes with real hope,,finally together again after lockdowns only now with an unexpected bonus of being right in the mix plus improving all the time.
From long days to Happy Days, this season has the potential to become unforgettable. Another unexpected bonus from the footballing Gods.
I’ll live and learn from calling it very, very early,,that’s my unexpected bonus.