HUGE test passed
With flying colours? I might not go that far, but the most important statistic went our way, two of our goals to zero of theirs, so the three points come back to Paradise.
And sets us all up beautifully for a huge week.
It was another must win game,the latest in a long string of must win games, and we often do infact win. Pressure exists around being a Celtic player at the best of times, being a ten-flop and/or finding yourself part of a squad that’s unexpectedly (for all but Ange and the most ardent) in a title race only exacerbates that pressure.
Thankfully our Greek Australian manager is looking very adept at keeping the players calm, maintaining a stress free yet focused camp,that’s certainly the impression I get.
I wasn’t nervous about the Ross County fixture, I don’t believe the players were overly concerned, and I certainly don’t think Ange was panicking, not at all. There’s no major knee jerk reaction changes, no players in from the cold at this vital stage of the campaign, just belief in his players and system.
It was warranted.
Of course it sets up a title decider in all but name next weekend.
And, of course, there’s extra pride on the line given our recent Hampden humbling.
It’s not the Celtic players who shall read how great they are all week, nor hear praise from support and media personalities wishing for a repeat performance, hyping up the potential conquerors of Europe and their manager.
The players shall benefit from Anges calm yet focused demeanor, and have revenge in mind.
However in order to take revenge, one must be playing, actually out there on the park.
What’s the surest way of getting selected?
A strong performance against the bogey team the game prior, helping ensure the equally important victory, and showing yourself a vital cog in the machine.
That’s why our visit to Dingwall always had victory wrote all over it, and probably the biggest reason for my lack of concern.
We weren’t losing that game, not this collective, at this stage.
Yesterday’s win placed one hand on the trophy, another victory this Sunday and we reach out with the other, getting ready to hoist it high.
Let the huge week begin.