It’s back to league action at Celtic Park today, with the visit of Dundee on Sunday.
The mood amongst the Celtic support has dampened slightly following the home 3-1 defeat to Bodo Glimt in the Conference League, along with Rangers 4-2 win in Dortmund. Both results came as a bit of a surprise.
However the league has to be the main priority this year and as long as we learn from the defeat then we can return to winning ways. Europe ultimately has come too early in the Ange Postecoglou revolution.
Dundee sacked their manager, James McPake midweek and replaced him with former Celt, Mark McGhee. The Dens Park side are bottom of the table, two points behind fellow Tayside outfit St Johnstone, although Dundee have a couple of games on hand.
They have won their last two games, away to Hearts and last weels Cup match against Peterhead. The win over Hearts stopped a nine game winless run. It seems strange that they waited until now to sack McPake on the back of two wins.
Celtic have a good record against Dundee, unbeaten in 34 league meetings, winning the last five. At Celtic Park, Dundee have lost 15 of their last 17, their last win coming back in 2001.
Celtic need to get back to the sort of level we saw against Rangers and Motherwell as the performances against Aberdeen, Raith Rovers and Bodo Glimt have not matched those highs.
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.