The long, wet, dark January days have been going by slowly but we have some light appearing this weekend to brighten us all up as Celtic return to action.
The hoops travel across Glasgow to take on championship side Partick Thistle in a derby 4th round tie on Saturday with an unusual kick off time of 17.30.
Celtic have landed Polish striker Patryk Klimala and it appears he will be joined imminently by Ismaila Soro with reports suggesting a £2 million deal is all but finalised. A welcome couple of additions to the squad.
2020 is a big year for Celtic as we go for 9 in a row, hopefully the loss to Sevco before the winter break has focused minds on the matter in hand and the rest has done some players good. We did appear to be running on empty towards the end of 2019 and with the boost a couple of fresh faces can provide we can only hope we can get a memorable 2020.
Partick are sitting second bottom of the Championship with 22 points, four ahead of Alloa. They have a record of W6, D4, L11. Last weekend champions elect Dundee United beat Thistle 4-1 at Firhill. They have a new signing of their own with Zak Rudden having joined from Sevco on a permanent deal.
There’s a chance new Polish bhoy Klimala will feature and we could also see young Scott Robertson feature again having shone in a bounce match with Chelsea in London, scoring the winner in a 1-0 win for the young hoops.
I expect Celtic to be too strong for the struggling Thistle and a comfortable win to be recorded as we kick off the new year.
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.