It’s been suggested I’ve been “trolling” by concentrating on our forthcoming Champions League campaign instead of the Premiership. Really? I don’t think so. We are a Champions League team this season, nothing else comes close to being as important as this tournament.
Think back to the stress you had when we were a goal down in Astana, or when they equalised a week later at Celtic Park? Those were two BIG, big games.
And it didn’t end there. The rollercoaster of Hapoel at Celtic Park was more thrilling than stressful, but the return in Israel was not only acutely stressful, it will be by far our biggest game of the season, unless we make an appearance in Cardiff in June (yes June!) next year.
Amid all of these blockbuster football games we have the small matter of Barcelona at the Camp Nou in four days. Four days! From now! Tomorrow’s Premiership game will keep the Glasgow constabulary in overtime, but despite all the column inches written over the last four years about the commercial consequences of this game to Celtic, it’ll be the least lucrative game we will play this week, it will have absolutely no impact on our domestic season, and frankly, is a game we could do without. I know one or two in the corridors of power at Celtic Park who view things the same way.
I suggested we need to rest players for Tuesday and I mean it. Win or lose tomorrow, you are going to walk out of the ground knowing we’re going to win the league. Unlike the Champions League, with its tens of millions of consequences, this is a faux drama.
You’ll not see the Dear Green Place at its best tomorrow. Let’s get it over and done with.
There will be another blog up within the hour. Been avoiding the temptation to get drawn into the subject of the week thus far, but have relented.