Champions again, Ole, Ole! Champions again, Ole, Ole!
Yes. We are indeed the champions again, well deserved champions at that. Ten titles in eleven years! Champions of Scotland going straight into the Champions League. How many more times can I fit champions into this article?
The performance on Wednesday night wasn’t anywhere near the best we have seen of Ange’s Celtic but the draw was all that was required to win the league, we now have trophy day at Celtic Park in the last game of our season, in what will be a day of celebration.
This season has saw us go 31 games unbeaten in the league, after a dodgy start to the league season, losing away to Hearts, Rangers, Livingston and being eliminated from the Champions League qualifiers by FC Midtjylland. Aberdeen away was a crucial match, at that point we had not won away from home in the league stretching back to the previous February, we went in front only for Aberdeen to equalise but up stepped Jota to score the winner and we never looked back. Some good performances in a tough Europa League group, showed a glimpse of what we could do in Europe, Betis and Leverkusen away we led and were unlucky not to leave with wins on both occasions.
We did take a big defeat at home to Leverkusen, which strangely was never a 4-0 game and the losses home and away to Bodo Glimt were big disappointments in an otherwise great season. Europe is where we have to improve as there have been too many results against teams of the calibre of Bodo Glimt in recent seasons. I’m confident Ange will build a team capable of some big European nights.
As for Ange, what a guy! He came here, unheralded, derided in some quarters, although it has to be said not from many Celtic fans, he had a massive overhaul of the squad to deal with, early European qualifiers, Rangers quickly moving ahead in the table and talk of Celtic finishing 3rd at best! Madness! I had spoken to several people about him and all reports were of a guy who would improve Celtic and bring success. I’m excited to see what his second season will bring.
We have learned that Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton are both leaving at the end of the season, both have been good servants. Bitton wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and for many years he would fill in at centre back, a position he was never comfortable in, this season has been his best, stepping in to anchor the midfield when needed. Rogic has been a massive player for Celtic in recent years, from the winning goal against Aberdeen that sealed the Treble, being key throughout the quadruple Treble and again this year. He was right back at his best this season with some vintage performances, I’m sad to see him leave. Both players apparently wanted to move on and it’s fitting they leave as champions.
Next week sees Rangers represent Scotland in the final of the Europa League, and I’d like to take this chance to say F*** you Rangers, we have won the league!
Mick Kane hails from Glasgow. He has been hooked on Celtic since he went to his first game when he was 7. Celtic beat Hamilton 8-3 at Celtic Park on the 3rd of January 1987. His favourite player at the time, Brian McClair scored four goals.
He started going regular as a 16 year old when Celtic played at Hampden for the season, being a Southsider it meant a short train journey to get to Hampden. From then he has had a season ticket travelled around Europe for games as Celtic became the dominant force in Scottish football again. A nice change from growing up during Rangers run to 9 in a row.