We are no longer suffering the emotional trauma from the 90s, that decade has been more than compensated for since the dawning of the new century, but old wounds are still there. Back then, it was difficult to live with that ‘loser’ feeling. We knew that our wins were fragile and our ‘greatest’ triumphs often came when it didn’t matter. Expectations were low and regularly unachieved.
A straightforward defeat was bad enough, but the heaviest toll was when we were given some encouragement. We were almost always behind in the race for the league and needing to make up ground, so when Rangers played first and dropped points, we knew our precarious grip on a challenge could be strengthened.
So often during that dark decade, Rangers would drop points, then we would do the same in the later kick-off. We carried around this Mark of Losers, which although invisible, it was as clear as the CR Smith lettering across the front of the Celtic jersey.
You need to have lived with this Mark to be able to recognise it when you see it. It is usually subtle, only a couple of points dropped, but the effect is always to reinforce your Loser status. Why did this come to mind today? If you look around you will see it in others. Still Losers, no matter what they try. Enjoy your Monday.