Dangerous expectations at pivotal weekend


There is a belief in football that the seemingly small game after a significant victory is dangerous.  Players psych themselves up for a big and important task, but they are not machines.  When that task is achieved, the mental energy for the next game is never the same.

You, me and everyone at Celtic knew the incredible importance of last week’s games at Tynecastle and Easter Road.  Neil Lennon got his second tenure off to a winning start and then kept the treble treble dream alive.  The expectation that we will beat Aberdeen tomorrow is overwhelming.

I don’t like this scenario.  Aberdeen will not compliantly roll over.  They are a better team than Hearts or Hibs and if we win, we will earn it the hard way.

This could be a weekend the league pivots.  If Newco drop points at Easter Road tonight and Celtic win tomorrow, the remainder of the campaign will be like a procession.  But if this scenario is reversed, every game will be played under intense pressure until the lead is extended.

Neil Lennon’s Hibernian took four points from Newco within a week in December, significantly weakening their challenge.  New manager, Paul Heckingbottom, will know that tonight he has an opportunity to put a stake of personal credibility in the ground.


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  1. Alasdair MacLean on

    Long 3 minute that for me… lost the stream….BBC saying 90 plus 5 and still playing. .jumping from here to there for an update.




  2. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    So I’m confused, are the Rangers still comin’? 😂😂😂😂



  3. Dee – Lited.




    Hun carnage and carpet-biting will commence.





  4. GreeninbingleyinOslo on

    I was going to post this at half time, but didn’t want to tempt fate, so i pulled it.




    Hibs will win this. The tribute act take the field every time pumped up with their own hubris, which soon blows itself out when teams don’t lie down.



    Nearly right!





    DID more or less lash out there on leaving pitch.he caught a HIBS backroom worker.

  6. 50 shades of green on

    Have the huns asked for a replay yet due to their capt being attacked….

  7. Didn’t see that coming after first half. Must say a good few calls went against Huns, they will be going batshit crazy. Can’t wait to read the Bears Den.

  8. Fat Charlie – 2.5m to 3.5m MAX…………….



    He’s a Turkey and Turkey is his likeliest destination.

  9. The Orcs dropped points the perfect start to any weekend, a victory tomorrow Celts please, that will heap pressure of the huns for the cup replay…



    I can dig it:))




  10. Bhoyjoebelfast on

    My forecast still stands( from wed night) three nil to the champions!!


    Did THEIR goalie manhandle the ref.after the goalmouth incident?