Winning under the weight of expectation


On the face of it, a league rival losing in the League Cup has little direct influence on our forthcoming Scottish Cup Final, but momentum is all and it is either with you or against you.  After a mere two wins, Celtic players may feel things have turned in their favour in the last week.

Winning under the weight of expectation is not easy.  Celtic are practiced at it, they know many of the pitfalls, while those who have won nothing grapple around in the desert.  While we imploded during the autumn, the script was written, I even heard a “They could have an invincible season” from someone who now knows better.

With Celtic eliminated from a domestic competition for the first time in over 4 years and Aberdeen also out, many expected this season’s League Cup would be Newco’s first trophy, a milestone that for some has taken on titanic significance.  Then they lost to St Mirren.

In his third season at Ibrox, Gerrard has won nothing and reached only one of five finals yet available.  He is grappling around in the desert, his players, fans and the rest of us know it.

I would ban every mention of the 2 January game, at Lennoxtown.  Take care of business and the landscape could look very different by then.

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  1. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Who’d have thought Sevco would be a source of perspective.



    That cup was their’s to lose. And lose it they did.



    Goes to show how difficult it is to win a treble, never mind an invincible treble, a double treble, a treble treble and imagine……….a QUADRUPLE treble.



    Given our league form, the SMSM will be lining up to piss on our parade when we win on Sunday, but deep down they’ll know they’ve witnessed something that no one will ever see again.

  2. …………..says it aw that St Mirren don’t get bigged up after THAT result – if it was us, thud aw go….ballistic etc etc……………



    Protectin’ thur ain’…sheildin’ Stevie from heat…



    An invincible treble, you say?😂😂😂😂






    for ever leg-ends



    The UnConVincibles

  4. I am drawn back to the parallel of 1997.



    After a rotten start of 0 points after 2 games, we started to pick up points, and winning the league cup at the edwardian toilet block convinced many that yes we can go all the way in the league,



    That instilled belief in Wims Tims, something kicked on.



    Lots of people talk up a mythical blueprint of how teams can beat celtic and how they copy each other.


    If it was the case all managers need to do now is copy Goodwin (not forgetting a fair referee).

  5. Did the Celtic trust have a meeting with the board today ? If so any feedback ?, Thanks’ in advance.

  6. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    I’m really quite naive.



    Here was me thinking the SMSM would wait until after the game on Sunday to piss on the parade.



    But no, I see good ole BBC Scotland asking if a quadruple treble ‘still matters’.



    Ah well, it will still gut them when we do it.

  7. corkcelt on 17th December 2020 1:29 pm



    Yea EmeraldBee , Conor McCarthy is from Blarney not a million miles from where Liam Miller R.I.P. hailed from.





    Played with local Cork City team. The other scorer last night ,McGrath is from County Meath,




    Jim Goodwin the St Mirren manager is a Waterford man all contributing to that shock result.

  8. Yesterday i was picking up lunch and got thinking about the Newco. I just couldn’t fathom in my head how they could be so bad before COVID and be so ‘good’ now. They could hardly win a match in March, Gerrard was on the road out and Tavernier was about to be publicly gutted. In the history of modern football i cant recall there ever being a precedent for such a turnaround.



    It simply made no sense. Until 10pm that was.



    The game is well and truly on and everyone knows it.

  9. Reporting Scotland doesn’t mention sport in its headlines – surely they won’t miss it out completely?



    FAO: Member Branches



    Dear Secretary,


    John Andrew’s and I met with Peter Lawwell early on Tuesday morning to discuss the position of the club at this present time, and to express the concerns of ourselves and the member branches.


    Peter said in some ways it was a Murphy’s Law scenario, everything that could go wrong has went wrong, especially in an eight week period. I think we all knew that we could suffer more than most through having no supporters in the stadium, both at home and away. He said it seemed to suck the energy from some players, and they didn’t have the support of the fans to urge them on.


    The pressure of trying to achieve ten in a row seemed to effect the players as well, they know what it means to the whole club, but it seemed to bring an anxiety to some players, they were nervous and edgy, scared of making a mistake, it might have worked against them because of that fear.


    Peter assured us that Dermot Desmond and himself and the Board are fully committed to Celtic Football Club, as are the Management Team of Lenny, John, and Gavin, as well as the wider team of staff. He also assured us that the Players are all committed, although we said at times that didn’t look like the case.


    He did acknowledge that some players were looking to move on in the summer. He said they managed to convince them to stay for the 10, in hindsight maybe that wasn’t the best move. He also said they would try to strengthen again during the winter transfer window, and confirmed that they would look at possibly bring Forster back.


    Peter also said we bought 7 outfield players in the summer, (spending £35 million)six of whom played against Lille. He said players like Soro and Turnbull had suffered through lack of game time, again through the pressure of achieving the magical 10.


    He said once again the it was a multiple of situations that has seen us perform poorly over the eight week period, but hopefully we have turned the corner, and there still much to achieve this season, not least of all being able to complete the Quadruple Treble.


    Peter said he understands the frustration of our supporters, and thanks them for their magnificent support through season ticket sales and superstore sales, and all the other areas, but nothing makes up for not having the backing of the supporters on match days.


    He finished by saying, as has been the case for the last nine seasons, the best chance we have of achieving success is by standing together behind the club, and by not giving opportunities for headlines to our rivals and enemies.



    Take care and stay safe,




  11. Bada


    The football results from last night were properly mentioned in the sports report on STV North News at 6…👍🤭



  12. ADI , seen your post saying you are in Dubai!! Thinking of booking for late Jan , Do you have to wear a mask going about outside? And also how easy is it going through immigration, have a good holiday!

  13. Glasgow City Heritage Trust






    Dec 15


    Our Colouring Glasgow adult colouring book is a great stocking filler. Great for mindfulness if you’re stuck indoors over the holidays.






    trade descriptions act.



    all it has in it are buildings.

  14. BADA


    Any idea why Joe didn’t ask him about Cluj, Copenhagen, Ferencvaros, Sparta Prague, or the last 3 Hun games? We have been dire for longer than 8 weeks. And as others have pointed out, the £35M figure is a deceptive illusion.

  15. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    I really wish they’d shut up about no fans/empty stadium, they’re giving players an excuse to fail.



    Adapt, it’s the same for everyone.

  16. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Previously, lawyers acting for the Crown admitted much of the prosecution against Mr Clark and Mr Whitehouse was “malicious” and conducted without “probable cause”.



    Anyone asking WHY??



    Hopefully the Lord Advocate will tell us in his public apology.

  17. The more I look at that letter to Member Branches, the more I think it could have been drafted by Peter Lawwell. Why wasn’t be asked about Res 12, the 5 way agreement, Lord Dimmo, the MIB, or the present Sevco finances, which are turning out much like the Oldclub finances? Lawwell gets far too easy a ride, after a farce of a virtual AGM with no speakers and no questions. The letter is drivel and soporific pap for the masses.

  18. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Didn’t watch or listen to shortbread.



    From posts on here though, not least bit surprised by football news black out.



    The ante has been upped this season like never before.



    Now I don’t believe there is a conspiracy nor do I believe an organised fix is in.



    However I do believe every “relevant stakeholder” knows what’s at stake for Sevco this season.



    The hearts, minds, wallets and business models of those stakeholders will indubitably influence behaviours and actions.



    The media will shut down any negativity around “them” while accentuating same around us (and then some).



    Knowledge of Covid-19 rule violations will be concealed, and a way will be invented to praise Sevco when it can’t be fully contained.



    Lots of penalties will be awarded.



    And red card offences (by them / against us) will be missed until Mondays.



    So what do us Celtic fans (short for fanatics) do about it?



    Respectfully – if you (deep down) expect honesty, accuracy, impartiality or integrity from the SMSM – you are being naive.



    It’s all about the blue hearts of the hacks and/or the irretrievably stupid blue pound consumers.



    If you watch or listen out for this stuff knowing full well it will annoy you? ….



    Have a dram, drink a hot cocoa or smoke something iffy instead?



    You’ll probably feel better.



    “Doctor – my arm hurts when I do this”


    (you know the punchline ! )



    And can we put the “rebellion” on hold and unite?



    Just for the next 380 hours?






    Hail hail



    Keep The Faith

  19. Prayer to the Saints



    I would like to pay homage to the Saints. To Saint Andrew, the patron saint of my beautiful country. To Saint Mungo, the patron saint of my dear green city. to saint Patrick the patron saint of my ancestors’ beautiful country and to Saint Mirren, for pumping “the rangers” last night!




  20. JimmyQuinnsBits on

    Hello Everybody,



    A poster from long ago just popping in to ask how everyone is. Hope yez are well

  21. It’s a crying shame wee Billy (aged 9) no getting to see them to lift a trophy. That lot should be ashamed of themselves.





    Hope the UN is spending more on this project than they are in condoms.

  23. JimmyQuinnsBits on




    No bad chief…. up an downs like most others.



    Hope you and yours are well bud

  24. JINKYREDSTAR on 17TH DECEMBER 2020 6:45 PM




    Radio / The Times refused to acknowledge der Hun defeat. Conflict of interest apparently.




    Good to see you posting!



    You still in EH49?



    Hope you are good too!

  26. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Majestic Harrison @ 8:03pm …



    Completely agree.



    Came across this story late last night.




  27. St Stivs,



    The priest is Fr Michael O’Connell. He used to be a curate in St Michael’s, although he effectively ran Parkhead. The stories about him are legion. He used to pick us boys off the street and take us for runs during the holidays. (I think he used to borrow cars from the local undertakers.) Nobody raised an eyebrow about it. He even tried to get some of us into Celtic Park for nothing.



    My Dad reckoned he was the best preacher he ever heard, although he also wondered if Big Mick, as he was always called, practised what he preached.

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