So it’s the CL group stages then – or is it?
I’m sure like many of you I conceded this year’s title when we lost our first three away games. I officially threw in the towel when we lost at Livingston in September.
So, it’s with some disbelief that I find us now on the brink of regaining our position as perennial champions of Scotland!
Of course, this season of all seasons it’s particularly critical as, as the SMSM have been assuring us since July, the champions go straight into the Champions League group stages and hoover up a guaranteed £40m.
So, wasn’t it absolutely unbelievable that within hours of Celtic winning at Ibrox to firmly instal ourselves as hot favourites to pick up this game-changing prize money the SMSM are frantically scrambling around trying to find reasons why this might not now happen.
They are homing in on the quarter final ties involving Chelsea and Villarreal. Chelsea face Real Madrid. The “hope” is that Chelsea who sit third in the EPL go all the way in the CL but fail to hold on to their top four place. If they were to be overtaken by Spurs and Arsenal this would apparently prevent Celtic from gaining automatic qualification.
As if Chelsea, currently owned by a Russian oligarch and practically achieving pariah status in word football aren’t despised enough eh?
Similarly, Villarreal sit 7th in Spain and are well out of any chance of CL qualification so victory over Bayern Munich takes them two steps away from depriving Celtic of the automatic spot. That would definitely spoil our long standing mutual affection society we have with the Yellow Submarine.
As if this isn’t enough bad news for Celtic fans to deal with the SMSM have thrown in the caveat that it is really only £17m that is absolutely guaranteed-the rest being made up with gate receipts etc. Funny how we didn’t get this level of financial analysis during the months when The Rangers were leading the chase!
Oh well, at least it gives us all an added interest in the remaining CL matches.
Oh, and before anyone tries to tell me that I shouldn’t be counting my chickens anyway with 6 league matches still to play – don’t bother.
I’ve already counted them, plucked them and thrown them on the BBQ!