I suppose we should thank Dave King for starting the week of the Scottish Cup semi-final between Celtic and Newco with a statement discussing the Newco manager’s position, “on the managerial front I emphasise that the board fully recognises the need for sustained stability in this area of the club.
“Whoever is appointed must be able to meet the unique challenges of managing Rangers [sic.] and ensuring immediate success.”
The last thing a manager wants ahead of a big game is discussions about his position from his chairman. Poor Graeme is a lame duck and no one in his squad will be under any doubt about this after today.
Celtic got past 10-man Hamilton in a pedestrian manner yesterday, but must now up their pace ahead of the semi-final. Last month we talked about the Morton Scottish Cup quarter-final being more important than the trip to Ibrox a week later. By any measure, Sunday’s semi is one of the biggest games of the season.
A lack of concentration (as we saw yesterday) or a few mistakes and all the good work put into winning a consecutive treble will be undone. We struggled against this lot at Celtic Park in December and needed heroics to beat them at Ibrox last month. We have been unable to boss them the way we did last season, or in our visit to Ibrox in September.
In short, if you think we have a God given right to reach the final, you are wrong. We should be grateful for any demotivational Dave King mutterins going.