Memories of the 1998 title win, 25 years ago today, last long in the mind. An early goal should have settled the nerves, but a torturous afternoon lay ahead, before the second goal settled one of Celtic’s most important ever victories.
Somehow, I doubt we’ll remember much of Sunday’s 0-2 win at Tynecastle a couple of decades from now. In the opening 30 minutes, Hearts unsettled Celtic more than any side in domestic football in well over a year. The defence stood firm, while we worked out how to get the ball forward, it was the middle of the park where it all went wrong. We’re all concerned about this, right?
There is a perennial truism in football, Celtic need to be robust in the middle of the park when going to Ibrox. On Saturday, we cannot go with Reo Hatate, who is still to reach full fitness, and Matt O’Riley. Ange has various options, but Aaron Mooy and Callum McGregor will both surely start, perhaps with Tomoki Iwata.
Early weekend prediction: media attention at Newco’s remarkable run without conceding a penalty will result in a penalty awarded against them on Saturday. The game is meaningless and they’re getting a bit embarrassed.