Shift in perception, winter solstice of 54-65


Don’t give me your ‘slump’ mockery. Just think for a minute, what if this IS our slump? Five league games in 17 days, four of which were won by a single goal is as bad as it’s been since Brendan Rodgers took over as manager.

We have, of course, shuffled the pack. With a hefty nine games this month, Brendan is correct to rest the weary legs which concluded our Champions League group only two weeks ago. He also has a full programme over the festive period to prepare for.

With 20 wins in 21 domestic games this season we’ve won the first trophy, scoring 11 and without conceding. Win our remaining games this month and we’ll be at least 17 clear “and it’s not New Year”. With a game in hand.

Scottish football has never had such a dominant champion, even during the two nine-in-a-row eras. It’s been achieved with largely the same squad as last season, while we were the only team participating in European group competition – and with a sustainable financial model.

I know talk of “slump” is ridiculous, but I bet you’ve already picked up a shift in perception of what is normal for Celtic. Most of us have been around long enough to remember the dark days. Some of us have been around to remember the winter solstice, which lasted from 1954 to 1965, but we’re all susceptible to recent-experience bias.

The collapse of Aberdeen this season robbed us of what competition we had but in compensation, we’re watching a great Celtic team come together. Team development does not happen on a linear plane. It requires risks to be taken and mistakes to be made, but no one is in any doubt about Celtic’s direction of travel.


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  1. twists n turns on 21st December 2016 3:53 pm






    Indeed, but sadly not a unique occurrence. Commonplace. I fear the Ref on the 31st more than the thread bears ….





    Speaking of which, when do we find out that Craig Thomson has got the gig?

  2. Timaloy29



    There’re going to be some late nights/ early mornings for me once the play-offs start.



    Hope the Cheeseheads make it!

  3. DavidO-I think the 5th Collum might get the gig,he has been kept out the limelight lately………Thomshun must be due to retire soon ,and big Sutton has destroyed him recently…..HH

  4. !!Bada Bing!! on 21st December 2016 4:05 pm



    DavidO-I think the 5th Collum might get the gig,he has been kept out the limelight lately………Thomshun must be due to retire soon ,and big Sutton has destroyed him recently…..HH





    I think the SFA would choose Thomson just as a “Get it up ye, we don’t care what you think”.



    Either that or it’ll be Bobby Madden…

  5. BEATBHOY on 21ST DECEMBER 2016 4:03 PM






    There’re going to be some late nights/ early mornings for me once the play-offs start.




    Hope the Cheeseheads make it!





    You are right about that



    I believe they will make it. Lions have to go to Dallas next

  6. DavidO- If we are in SC Final,the MIBs will be running for cover,perish the thought at suffering a Treble…..;]]

  7. I couldent give a f… who gets the game they’r awe baw deep in Masonic practices, Iv been watching it for years, but I’m sure the time will come when they get miked up like the rugby officials, then you’ll see the sheet hitting the fan, may not be in my time, but it will come, and that will be they’r level playing field f….d.

  8. !!Bada Bing!! on 21st December 2016 4:18 pm



    Roasted cheeseheads on toast….






  9. You put a poll like that, Scottish referrers miked or not? I’ll guarantee you Scottish fans 70% for 30% against an a don’t need ti tell you who the 30% will be.

  10. That’s one thing I like about North American sports, Most mistakes made by officials are sorted out right there and then at the game, it’s fair and it’s honest, naaaaa prob. Never happen here.

  11. TD67


    Jimmy bellend was who I thought of first anaw,but to be honest it could have been anyone from that bigoted club

  12. The Comfortable Collective on

    My money on who will get the role of impartial referee for the Celtic – Sevco game on 31st December?



    Steven (brother of ex rangers player Brian) McLean.



    Interestingly, although born and bred in Rutherglen, Brian McLean choose to represent Northern Ireland at international level as opposed to Scotland.



    Nothing wrong with that. I’m sure he and his family have some strong cultural and emotional ties that made him choose the six counties.

  13. BMCW



    You remind me of a post I made on SFM about two years ago. This is an extract,



    ” What football has not realised is that transparency is already here but in a form that makes us slow to realise it.



    The medium is social media and the ability to share but contained by Slow Glass.


    Slow Glass from a short story by Bob Shaw slows down the light passing through it.






    In the story and others you have Slow Glass of different thickness in terms of the time it takes for the light to emerge.



    You have Glass a day thick/long to Glass ten years and more thick/long.



    Thus the Dundee Utd (Jackie MacNamara story ) was captured by Slow Glass about 3 or 4 weeks thick. Maybe more or less as I don’t know the detail but you get the drift.



    The Rangers story will emerge in full over 10 years thick glass.



    The LNS story will take at least another year before the truth will emerge that shows it to have been a sham.



    Res12 if measured from the Celtic AGM in 2013 will take two years for the truth to emerge.



    The thickness/slowness of the glass depends to a large extent on main stream journalist removing the dust of PR that slows the light, but light is inexorable.



    It can do nothing but shine.”



    Update. The glass is about a year thicker than anticipated in 2014 but the light on Res12 and LNS will emerge in full by June 2017. Celtic really should be preparing for the emergence of that light which is filtering through now.



    If we take the start date on the Rangers story as being 1999 when they embarked on ebt use, then the glass surrounding that story is about 18 years thick, with it also emerging in 2017.



    Again the game should be preparing for that by involving their customers (as they see us) in the solution because the last one the game tried (The 5 Way Agreement) was based on short term closed thinking ignoring “customers” and will fade in the light.

  14. Greensideup



    “Beat Bhoys”.



    Jeezo! Wan’s enough!



    Don’t tell me (us) I’ve joined the cheesehead clique!

  15. Margaret McGill on 21st December 2016 4:42 pm




    Did we ever find out why the Guardian pulled the res12 ad?




    I think Hunterference is suspected.



    Interestingly the Guardian came out in August this year with a story that covered Res12 in some detail and explained why licence granted (HMRC agreed to postpone collection until after Takeover) that differed from SFA explanations of a potential disputed bill in 2011,






    That HMRC explanation raised another question regarding the nature of that agreement that The Guardian were told of but did not pursue. More Hunterference?

  16. thought suggesting a look at Portugal for this years cheeseboard might be appropriate



    1994 Fonseca

  17. ..



    Just catching up on the Last thread..



    Looks like I’ve Just missed out on Poster of the Year yet again for the 13th Year in a Row..



    No Form Slump Here..



    Talking about Form slump.. I heard the Boy Jinky also hit a Fence Stump last night..



    That’s what happens when You go down the wrong Path..




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    Report back please, it will help others.



    This works on phones too.



    If you need to switch it on when visiting another site do so in the same way and when finished switch it off.



    Treat Javascript like a light switch. If it’s not needed switch it off.

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