Ahead of the Scottish Cup quarter-final against Hibs we discussed our exit at the same stage in 2014 and how that despite the procession towards the league title, it hollowed out the remainder of the season. Match day lost its edge and even a record 29-point winning margin could not compensate.
With a secure-looking 8-point lead in the league, the champions have a Scottish Cup semi-final to look forward to. Only a point separates Aberdeen and Kilmarnock, while Hearts are just three adrift of Killie. It is Newco who look abandoned, out of the Cup and with an 8-point gap above and below them.
You know a manager is struggling when he beings to sound like Gloria Gaynor, “I will improve”, was what Steven Gerrard told reporters after facing up to the prospect of a season which promises no more than a second place finish. Of course he will improve, it is hardly credible to suggest his managerial knowledge and experience will diminish from this point.
Maybe he will get £20m to spend in the summer and be able to beat Aberdeen comfortably in the cups.
Celtic visit Dundee on Sunday, a team with more motivation than any side from Glasgow. They are in the play-off spot, one point above automatic relegation and three from catching Hamilton and safety. Celtic are vastly better than Dundee in every department, but we will have to match them in appetite or suffer the consequences.
Neil Lennon suggested Callum McGregor may feature on Sunday. Our creative resources have been severely depleted with the absence of Callum, Ryan Christie and Tom Rogic. The latter two may be back for the semi-final, but we will need Callum fit and ready for games before then.