This time last year there was far too much talk about trebles on these pages. Celtic were flying in all three competitions, having established a lead in the league, and were heading for a League Cup semi-final against Falkirk. Falkirk were beaten but it took a late Anthony Stokes goal to make the game safe for Celtic. The script was written; a final against Kilmarnock, who always bottled it against Celtic in Glasgow, and a successful run in the Scottish Cup was all that stood between us and the fourth treble in our history.
I’ve lost count of how many such trebles we’ve look forward to. Football has a way of promising lots but it takes an exceptionally good and consistent team to win both cup competitions, as well as the league. More often than not, great and dominant teams don’t win the treble.
Celtic are a great and exciting team but they have not been nearly consistent enough to win the treble this season. We have lost two from eight home games and two from seven away. Good enough to win the league but not to win two cups.
I watched a bit of St Mirren at home to Ross County before heading to Celtic Park last weekend. They were far from impressive but no less so than when we beat them by seven goals in the SPL four years ago. The following week the same team knocked us out of the Scottish Cup.
Sunday is one of the biggest games currently on the roster. Raise your game, Celtic.
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