The League Cup win was a big one, the league title was always on the cards, only the Scottish Cup remains to complete the treble. Recency bias afflicts us all. So, when we consider our treble chances, we may be inclined to be confident.
Anyone with a grasp of history will know that our Quadruple Treble seasons is an aberration and that trebles are remarkably rare. Jock Stein won our first two, Martin O’Neill added a third after a gap of 32 years and we waited a further 16 years for our fourth.
Ronny Deila came close in his first season, as did Ange, both fell at the Scottish Cup semi-final, Ronny’s loss to Inverness in particularly controversial circumstances. A year ago, we failed to put the game to bed and were undone in extra time. That reversal against Newco came despite confidence that followed a League Cup win, a commanding lead in the league and coming from behind to win at Ibrox earlier in the month. Parallels with last year are clear.
Trebles are, in fact, ridiculously difficult to win. You need to out-perform your rivals on most occasions in the league and on every occasion on all cup ties. This requires form to consistently peak at the right time, which is almost impossible to control.
Ange is not without worries. No matter how fit several of his squad appear this week, he will know, at best, there will be no more than 45 minutes in several of their legs. Planning how to start the game, then how to change the game, with the potential of extra time, is a step into the unknown. Still, great teams find a way.
Road to Seville
Our latest interview with those who are cycling from Celtic Park to Seville next month, in support of the Celtic FC Foundation, is with Gaubi Beijers. Gaubi is from the Netherlands and unlike most of us, found Celtic as an adult. I will let him explain why he found Celtic, what it was about the club, or more specifically, the supporters, he connected with.
Celtic is now an established part of his life, as is a commitment to the work of the Foundation. Listen in to what he has to say about our club, and please, do what you can to support the efforts of all who have made such a sacrifice to be ready to cycle across Europe in your name. You can support their efforts here and follow on Twitter at @Road2Seville23 .