Six huge weeks begin

I’ll be approaching the 2nd half of the season almost exactly how I approached the 1st, with zero expectations of ultimate victory. Despite having assembled probably the best squad in the land, despite having the best striker, left winger and central defender in the league, despite the fact the title is still in our own hands, I’m not going to publicly predict a famous dream debut title for our Greek Australian leader.
 
Wearing the green tinted specs, sure there’s a good chance it could happen, but given the circumstances the head is overruling the heart by telling me its a step too far this year.
 
Even with a managerial change the current Champions have been ruthless domestically, hoping for that to change would be simply that, a hope and not an expectation.
Realistically, another ruthless six weeks would more than likely be enough to seal another Championship.
 
The team currently playing out of Ibrox shall face the best the nation has to offer in a very hard sequence of fixtures, starting tomorrow with a visit to a Scott Brown lead Aberdeen who will fancy their chances having blown a great lead at Ibrox, and finishing with a trip to Tannadice trying to halt the leagues top scorer Tony Watt.
In between Hearts, Hibs and our course our own team awaits.
I wouldn’t want their immediate fixture list, but perhaps they see it differently over there, and relish the chance to get one hand on the league trophy.
Entering March with a six point or more gap at the top, with only three fixtures that month, would have even the most fervent Tim thinking it’s over.
Anything but a Celtic victory in the early April derby clash would then surely seal the league.
 
Do I expect that club to waltz through the next six weeks racking up victory after victory, no. But then I didn’t expect their very strong start to the season, only one defeat this far with their famous twelfth man their MVP.
 
The Leather Belts shall go about their business regardless of events elsewhere, but time is running out to wrestle that title back where it belongs.
In order to become Champions once again, it’s clear what must happen.
We must become the more ruthless team over the next six weeks.
 
Glasgow Celtic must at least match our opponents leading up to the derby clash. Any dropped points must come from the other side of the city so as to enter the big game with momentum.
And then we must win that derby clash fullstop.
Anything less and we won’t be in the hunt to become Champions.
 
More and more that tie is becoming a winner takes all clash. We thrash them and send a demoralized, hurting squad against the two Edinburgh teams immediately afterwards, their worst nightmare could happen and momentum shifts.
 
A draw doesn’t help us. Should the Ibrox mob secure all three points, they can bring a large degree of confidence into the two following fixtures, two victories and the leagues as good as done.
 
Should that happen we must hold our hands up. Beating Celtic, Hearts and the Hi-Bees one after the other at this stage of the season would be the mark of Champions, excellent form the rest just can’t live with.
Yep, the next six weeks could secure their second title in two years and forty million smackeroonies.
 
The famous Glasgow Celtic can’t secure the title in the next six weeks, but they can secure a title race. Emerging the stronger by first of March with a derby victory notched up merely means the final three months shall turn into squeaky bum time, and places even more importance on the last two meetings between the teams.
 
Every season is important but few offer a debut title either way, or such huge financial rewards.
They shall fight to win, we must fight to keep hope alive.
Bring it on.

By Mahe

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CFC
January 17, 2022 6:42 am

I’m happy to go with positivity as the second half of the season commences. We are not in an impossible position. We have much to be positive about.
The only team capable of a domestic treble for a start. Although I’d gratefully settle for the league title to go with the league cup.

Had to check the year but the memorable Jan Vennegor comeback season is a case in point.
Can’t believe it was 14 years ago. 2007/08. He wasn’t a one man team, far from it , but his image in the second half of that season is forefront of my mind as we went toe to toe with the cheats on financial steroids.

We were behind a rampant Huns EBT side but step by step clawed them back.

We have to apply that same pressure and hopefully they crack over an intense run in.

Nothing is beyond Ange and this group of players.
Draws are very damaging, a couple of points dropped. Apart from games v us The Huns don’t have to lose any- a few draws help the cause enormously.

Jobo Baldie
January 17, 2022 8:23 am

Good morning, friends and Happy Matchday.
A tough game tonight against a Hibs team trying to impress Shaun Maloney. But I hope we come flying out of the traps to blow them away reducing the gap at the top to 3.
A good honest lead article Mahe but personally I never like the phrase “…..that title back where it belongs.” Regardless of which team uses it. All trophies must be earned.

CFC
January 17, 2022 8:29 am

J B

Agree. Hubris, triumphalism and entitlement belong on their blogs.

big packy
January 17, 2022 9:12 am

FRIESDORFER cheers pal👍

Prestonpans bhoys
January 17, 2022 9:27 am

We are only six points behind and if we hadn’t played those atrocious performances against Livingston, would be one.

Three games against them we can win, we can well and truly finish them off.

Leggy
January 17, 2022 9:34 am

Good Morning all,

Well it’s finally arrived. A Celtic game to look forward to.

The big question now is, What’s the starting line up going to be ??

I would have a guess but to be honest, I don’t think anyone has a scooby apart from Ange !!!!!

Still hope it’s a comfortable victory and everyone enjoys it 👍👍👍

HH 🍀🍀🍀

Ps
Does anyone know why Madden is replacing Collum for our Glasgow Derby game???? I’ve yet to read the reason why or am I missing something !!!!!!

#ConspracyGrassyKnoll CSC. 🍀🍀🍀

Colour Blind Bhoy
January 17, 2022 9:54 am

Good morning everyone, thoughtful article Mahe and no doubt there will be many twists and turns in the weeks and months ahead.

It’s the biggest cliche in the football world but my view is we must focus only on the next game and make sure we win it.

Do that week in week out and I’m a little more confident of a successful outcome to this season.

Quick question, is it a bit early to be making my way in to the game?

Have a great day everyone and an even better night tonight.

Noel Skytrot
January 17, 2022 10:07 am

Win tonight and they go up the road to Sheepville and lose it changes. Title races are all about fine margins and are very fluid.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 17, 2022 10:12 am

JOBO

If we win this title,we will definitely have earned it!

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 17, 2022 10:14 am

LEGGY

Allegations of irregular betting patterns in a match Collum was in charge of.

Leggy
January 17, 2022 10:17 am

Cheers Bobby. And here’s me thinking there’s something dodgy going on !!!!

Whatever gave me that idea 🤔🤔🤔

HH 🍀🍀🇯🇵

Craig76
January 17, 2022 11:26 am

1 Aussie who’s attitude is not in question # Wizard of Oz
Li’l Ze (@LilZe_7) Tweeted: 17th January 2013, Tom Rogic signs for Celtic. @Tom_Rogic https://t.co/a1sEZ0ikcc https://twitter.com/LilZe_7/status/1482865254610575363?s=20

CORKCELT
January 17, 2022 11:33 am

One game at a time.
We will be a wee bit wiser after tonight ,

Bored to death
January 17, 2022 12:17 pm

Just glad there’s a game on. It’ll hopefully allow us to concentrate on the football content as opposed to the repetitive and childish drivel that Big Packy and Sol kitts overwhelm this site with on a daily basis .

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 17, 2022 12:31 pm

BOREDTODEATH

What a pleasant way to introduce yourself to the site. Well done.

Big Audio Dynamite
January 17, 2022 12:32 pm

No buses being parked tonight …good! Looking forward to an open game where hopefully the Bhoys score a few.

Back to ref watch …The dirty barstewards!

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 17, 2022 12:32 pm

CORKCELT

One game at a time for me too. I doubt I could cope wo more than that.

Matt
January 17, 2022 12:39 pm

Smashing leader Mahe which gave me pause for thought and stirred a memory of mine from many moons ago that took a slightly different view of Celtic’s immediate future then…I still hold that view.

So for those seeking the path to the lost world of Fitba’ madness, here it is.
********************************************************
A billion light years ago when the internet was in it’s nappies I posted something that was completely true, or at least I believed to be completely true.

I soon shed this ridiculous ethical stance of only posting ‘facts’, as anyone who ever read any of my nonsense probably sussed, and ended up in the world of allegory, imagination, mind control, parable and metaphysical lunacy.
However that first ‘truth’ has remained with me as a stalwart pillar in my relationship with my football team and our mutual interaction.

So, especially for those who may waken up tomorrow (or possibly not go to sleep in the first place) with a hunger for fingernails, a desperation for Valium, a disdain for laxative and a sensitivity of a clock ticking down like a firing squad loading their rifles, then this is what has always stood me in good stead.

1. If I think we are going to lose, and we do then I have been miserable the whole day.

2. If I think we are going to lose and we win, then I have been miserable for half the day, ecstatic after the match but in quiet moments, angry with myself over my lack of steel.

3. However If I think we are going to win, and by some chance we lose, then I have not only been happy and positive right up until that final whistle seals our fate, but because of this nurtured approach, any defeat soon fades into irrelevance and the prospect of the next game and the next win takes over.

4. Of course If I believe we will win and lo and behold we do, then not only have I been deliriously happy before, during and after the game, not only does the world spin through space to the sound of singing and laughter, but my ultimate ambition also takes another step closer and with the amount of cash I spend over bar/chip shop counter/ curry house etc, I feed the children of retailers and suppliers and provide fuel for multi national agricultures and industries across the globe….and as for that ultimate ambition….well my Dad always said to me in moments of paternal advice….”Whatever you do Matt, don’t end up the richest man in the graveyard!”

Tonight therefore as always I believe we will win and the universe will ring loudly with music and banter, economies across the earth will see GDP beyond the dreams of avarice, children will laugh and dance and I will take one more step closer to the skintest and happiest of pauper’s graves knowing that when I pass across that mystical veil, the ferryman better not be expecting a tip.

So if anyone who has Celtic’s ear could just pass on that they may only see a ‘balance sheet/shareholders/dividends’, but all of us in the stands and terraces, in pubs and clubs, on couches, chairs and floors in front of the telly, with wirelesses out of windows in far flung territories and internet streams on computers, tablets and phones…well we feel the endorphin rush of a giant line of Charlie and our utter faith in the win gives us also an even bigger vision where we inject into the bloodstream of world’s financial systems the hormones of teenage growth, we witness peace breaking out across the globe, disease being eradicated, the lamb lying down with the lamb and MOST OF ALL …I will realise mine and my dad’s dream of an eternal peaceful rest.

No pressure then….and all it takes is a wee bit of belief that with a win tonight mankind will discover its true meaning…..oh and my Bookie’s line will come in! ( I promise to spend it before “you know what!”)

Hail Hail

Matt

Leggy
January 17, 2022 12:49 pm

Matt,

Cracking Story there.

Hope you enjoy the game tonight 🍀

HH 🍀🍀🍀

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
January 17, 2022 12:51 pm

MATT

The legend returns,and in top form! Good to hear from you as always,and I hope you enjoy your entire day.

Matt
January 17, 2022 1:09 pm

Bobby, I have two new year’s resolutions.

1., To write a report on every game to be passed on to my sprouting seeds of future generations…they need to understand where the winding path ultimately leads when it is paved with youthful billiard/snooker halls,gang fights, scarpering from chasing polis, ticket queues and terraces, and the belief in my Da’s final observation on life…”Malt whisky should be on prescription”,

2. To write an email a week to Neil Doncaster explaining where the SPFL is going horribly wrong.

Obviously I expect a massive upheaval in organisation, fan empathy and reduced pie prices as a result of my observations on the Hampden cartel.

To be fair once they have absorbed the gravity and positivity of my suggestions I further expect a massive scrap between the SPFL, SFA, UEFA and FIFA for my services as a paid consultant.

I will of course donate all resultant income to the charity for the poor children of Ladbrokes/William Hill et al.

Hail Hail

Matt

Maestro Fan
January 17, 2022 1:29 pm

They are 70/30 favourites.

The industrial scale negligence of fat man Lawwell should never be forgotten nor forgiven.

Gordon64
January 17, 2022 1:47 pm

Gollum is MITB for tonight’s game

Leggy
January 17, 2022 1:54 pm

Hi,

I’m meeting BRRB on Wednesday at Crystal Palace, Jamaica St, Glasgow at 12.00 Noon.

Everyone is invited to attend and participate in all things Celtic.

Even have a Shandy or 2 whilst doing so. 🍺🍺

Come along and enjoy the Craic 🍀🍀

See you there.

SFTB
January 17, 2022 2:05 pm

Another reminder that our Superbru competition re-starts tonight – get your scores in now- I will be completing the handover of the first set of 3 cash prizes for the season up to end of 2021 at the game tonight.

More winners to come in May

Plus the charity Sean’s Trust has had a wee cash boost too

SFTB
January 17, 2022 2:13 pm

https://sentinelcelts.com/2022/01/17/six-huge-weeks-begin/#comment-200171

Matt- when you are writing to Doncaster – could you suggest that his first valuable action, and major priority to improve Scottish football, should be to shoot the Hampden DJ.

There are enough AC/DC fans closeted in bedrooms across the world without letting one loose in the Hampden Broadcasting studios and turning the volume up to 666 when I am trying to murder the Fields of Athenry with a voice like a pubescent coyote being castrated with a blunt knife, in order to intimidate opposition fans.

And once you have Neil Doncaster committed to this aim, can you recommend a barbers shop to him that offers something other than a KD Lang hairstyle.

As a Man of, let’s say, Some Kind of World, if not The World, you can surely recommend better options for a DJ and a haircut.

Matt
January 17, 2022 2:20 pm

SFTB

https://sentinelcelts.com/2022/01/17/six-huge-weeks-begin/#comment-200176

I feel re-invigorated, nay resurrected. Life once more has meaning.

Your wish is now my mission and raison d’etre.:)

Matt

Mahe
January 17, 2022 2:40 pm

Morning troops on this brisk day of the moon.

I took a look at the fixture list and realized the next six weeks is make or break. They play all the big teams, if points are going to be dropped it should be here. Alongside that there’s only three games in March presumably for International breaks, lessening the chances of dropped points. That leaves only two months of the season, which opens with a derby clash.
Avoid defeat there it’s probably job done for them.
The six weeks starting today determine the title destination I reckon.

Martin Luther King day here and I don’t even get the day off.
“Unity is going to be the key to our success”.
How we could do with him in our support.

Watching the NFL playoffs over the weekend and even with four refs and videos galore there was still some bad calls that may have cost teams a spot, Raiders for instance.
Bad ref calls are just part of sport I think, it’s making sure they are simply poor calls and not bias should be the priority not videos and cameras that shall only muddy the game further.

Enjoy the game folks, I won’t get to see it.
Up the Hoops.
Hail Hail

Sol Kitts
January 17, 2022 2:40 pm

Bored to death
No posts on this site are tagged as must read. If you don’t like anything, just scroll past it, there’s a good lad…..
I’m sure Big Packy and I won’t lose any sleep over your dislike of our posts.😎

Mahe
January 17, 2022 2:42 pm

Variety is the spice of life.

Mahe
January 17, 2022 2:44 pm

Bobby
The weekend of the 4th and 5th of June for the Belfast hoot Sir.
Looking forward to it. Big-time.
Hail Hail

Mahe
January 17, 2022 2:48 pm
SFTB
January 17, 2022 2:49 pm

Make- Have they been “ruthless domestically”?

They lost a match in August, drew one n September, drew 2 in October, and lost a League Cup match in November. It has only been in the past month of December, under Van Bronkhorst, where we might have expected a tumble or two, that they have been efficient domestically.

They have a 6 point lead , having played one more home fixture than us and with 2 visits to CP to manage yet. I think their lead is a soft one. Even the bookies have them at around 9/4 on. Our own odds are 2/1, hardly a long shot.

Of course, we don’t have wriggle room ourselves to throw points and, of course, while we have improved much, we have not yet sorted our set piece vulnerability, but their squad has imminent difficulties too, with players unsold and expecting to leave, having their contract situation unresolved, Van Bronkhorst has issues to face too.

I find the bookies odds to be a reasonable evaluation of our prospects at present. I also find that those odds are likely to drift much closer to evens if we beat them at CP in February, having won tonight. That is not too improbable a scenario.

CFC
January 17, 2022 2:56 pm

SFTB

That’s the spirit.
I don’t get the glum predictions of our chances over the next 18 games.
All being equal elsewhere and we beat them twice at home and draw at Ibrox we win the League, assuming our GD is better which it currently is by 1.
The bookies are spot on because they are in the driving seat…at the moment.

It’s game on starting tonight.
We’ve overtaken bigger leads in the past.

Bada Bing
January 17, 2022 3:11 pm

Springy Vaults closed tonight due to table service rules,which i think expire at midnight….

Mahe
January 17, 2022 3:19 pm

SFTB,
Heading out to work but aye they have been very ruthless domestically. A single defeat at this stage shows serious consistency.
Way I see it avoiding defeat, or avoiding more defeats than ourselves, over the next six weeks seals the title.
Like I say, they do Sellic Hearts and Hibs one after the other they deserve it. I will hold my hands up, as long as they are honest victories.

Six points isn’t unsurpassable yes, and we have overcame bigger before, but time is running out here.

There’s no blood in the water to smell, they have a twelfth man on the field, and the income is probably vital to that organization.
All the above tells me do t get your hopes up Timmy.

Enjoy the game.

Hail Hail

CFC
January 17, 2022 3:27 pm

Competitive sport is all about getting your hopes up.
It’s what makes it compelling.

Craig76
January 17, 2022 3:38 pm

Bain signs new contract keeping him at club until 2024

big packy
January 17, 2022 3:49 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM and SOL, bored to death, hi pal welcome to the blog, its called having a laugh, life is to short mate, but there is always a scroll by button , HAIL HAIL

CFC
January 17, 2022 3:59 pm

Craig76

Great deal for SB.
Unlikely to better wages anywhere else. Too small to get a move to a team that would pay.
Big Joe towers over him.

Mahe
January 17, 2022 4:04 pm

He’s not good enough. We should have punted him. Not happy at this news tbh.

big packy
January 17, 2022 4:07 pm

MAHE, hi pal, agree with that 👍

Bada Bing
January 17, 2022 4:13 pm

First up to visit Celtic Park this year, Shaun Maloney’s Hibernian side make the trip to Paradise on Monday, January 17 as league action resumes in Glasgow.

For supporters who can’t be at Celtic’s first fixture of 2022, you can still tune in to all the live action from the comfort of home, with StreamDigital’s Pay-per-view option.

The Celts will be looking to make home advantage count, and the new Bhoys will be looking to make their impact in green and white, and three-points on the table would be the way to kick-off their time in the Hoops!

It’s a 7:45pm kick-off on Monday with pay-per-view available to supporters in the UK and Ireland only, priced £12.99.

jimthetim53
January 17, 2022 4:16 pm

I guess the new poster has missed all the posts where Sol Kitts gives us the benefit of his refereeing expertise?. Or when Packy tells us the stories about going to see Celtic in his younger days whilst he was a resident in Scotland?
Keep chatting away lads!

McCaff
January 17, 2022 4:17 pm

Afternoon all…first game of the year for us tonight and I approach it with mixed feelings! My wee fella’s prelim exams started today and he’s decided he’s not going to training or Parkheid as he’s putting the hours in for his exam tomorrow. Good on him but I’m gonna miss the company in the car to CP and during the game.
#HowDidIEndUpWithASensibleKidCSC 😁

SteveNaive
January 17, 2022 4:18 pm

Matt
The lamb shall lie down with the lion but the lamb won’t get much sleep!
Allan Stewart Konigsberg

McCaff
January 17, 2022 4:20 pm

Hear Hear Jim…if they’ve nowt civilised to offer they’d be best shutting the feck up!

Craig76
January 17, 2022 4:23 pm

Mahe/Big Packy
We only have 4 keepers for 1st team
1 Hart
2 Barkas
3 Bain
4 Hazard

Out of that 4 I’d punt Barkas the guy couldn’t catch a cold, and it don’t look like we’re going to get another keeper in, so I’m with CFC and I’m happy with Bain getting extended contract.