I’m not one for conspiracy theories; you will read less here about referees than most other places, so don’t misconstrue, but moving our Scottish Cup semi-final to the Sunday, to be played on the fragile Hampden surface after it has been dug up by Falkirk and Inverness, is definitely not in Celtic’s favour.
We need a good surface to play our natural game, domestic opponents need a poor surface to help upset our rhythm. This call went against us.
That aside, more positive news continued to flow. Cameron Carter-Vickers, whose only World Cup appearance coincided with the USA’s best performance and a clean sheet, against Iran, was left out of their international squad for next week. Unlike Japan, Cameron’s inclusion or otherwise will have little influence on which players pitch up at Lennoxtown in the near future. It is better he stays home and prepares for the run-in.
It’s going to be an unusually noisy quiet week ahead.