Discussions about normalising ticket allocation between Celtic and Newco were coming to a positive conclusion ahead of the first meeting between the clubs this season when it occurred to Newco the landscape may change by the time they visit Celtic Park in January.
In the late summer, we were back and gathering in our thousands at events, indoors and out, for the most part, jabbed and ready for the world. When Celtic alerted Newco that an equal distribution of 7,000 tickets would depend on unrestricted access at public events, Newco went cold on the idea. The prospect of government action with major sporting events in the middle of winter has been actively considered since.
Newco have the curious advantage of playing their most difficult away fixtures: Celtic Park, Pittodrie, Tynecastle and Easter Road, between now and 2 January, when facilities face the greatest uncertainty that they can remain open to full attendances, with or without variants.
Call me a cynic, but that 2 January date looks vulnerable to some of the Scottish Government influences you have become accustomed to. They have yet to miss a trick when it comes to subverting Celtic.
This is Scotland.