41 goals scored in 12 games since Christmas Eve is great form. We conceded five in that time, two of which were penalties. That’s a non-penalty goal every 360 minutes, not quite the Scottish defence record but significant, all the same. If you were planning a way to score against Celtic, what would you do?
You would get into the box, wait for a defender to approach from behind, then slam on the brakes. Or you would flick the ball towards an opponent in the box, just to see if he can get his arm out the way. Perhaps you would go down the Classic Penalty route of knocking the ball on and tumbling over a leg.
These things will happen on Sunday and we know what to expect. I have a real aversion to making excuses before a game. Leave complaints about referees until Monday (if at all). We know how the system works here and we know penalty kicks are the most likely way to relieve Celtic of a trophy. Nonetheless, we have to plan a way to win.