Although my Saturday afternoon was spent in the local park with a grand-daughter ( isn’t it amazing what men – even old ones -get up to nowadays?) I did manage to travel up to Glasgow in the morning to meet the guys from the former Belfast Shamrock CSC ( now the Jim Craig CSC, I’m delighted to say).
As usual, they were great company and showed a marvellous enthusiasm for the club and all its activities. They were probably even more buoyed up by the fact that Celtic were meeting Hibs for the second time in four days, having disposed of them comfortably by four goals to one in the first match, at Easter Road last Wednesday. All of us were expecting a repeat dose of that thrashing at the weekend. Now, I have not heard from anyone since the match but I should imagine the expression ‘pig sick’ might have covered their emotions by the end of the game.
Like all of you, I was rather hoping that Rangers would have their usual struggle at Pittodrie, dropping at least one point if not three while we achieved a good win at Celtic Park, cutting the deficit down. Instead of that scenario, we now lie 12 points behind the Light Blues, admittedly with one match in hand, hardly a situation to the liking of anyone with Celtic’s interests at heart.
These are difficult times. Players and management will turn up again at Lennoxtown tomorrow, all feeling slightly miffed in their own way. The manager will be seething by the points dropped but cannot be too critical of his charges in case he causes relationships to deteriorate. The players who were on the field on Saturday will be annoyed by the stick the fans sent out and the criticisms in the press about their showing. And those not in the squad for the Hibs game will be queuing up to see the manager, demanding that they are included in the list for the next game……
…..which is another easy one against Rennes at home on Thursday, followed by a trip down to Fir Park on Sunday to face Motherwell, at the moment three points ahead of us in second place. Quite a schedule! Is this not the time for the players to show their worth and commitment to the cause?