The past week feels like a big week in the season.
With the return of Premier League on Monday night and a convincing Celtic win, and an introduction of Hatate, Maeda and Ideguchi, the mood amongst Celtic fans was good. This was boosted the following night as Rangers were lucky to leave Pittodrie with a point.
The gap at the top is now 4 points and if we can maintain or even close it even more in the two matches to be played before Rangers come to Celtic Park, then it really will be squeaky bum time for the blue half of Glasgow.
However this week is Scottish Cup football and the Hoops travel to Alloa. Alloa Athletic are currently 8th in League 1, with a record of 5 wins, 7 draws and 9 defeats. The Clackmannanshire side were relegated last season from the Championship.
Barry Ferguson took over last summer from Peter Grant. Indeed several former Celtic players have managed Athletic, Dom Sullivan, Paul Hartley, Barry Smith and Jim Goodwin had all been in the hot seat before Grant.
The former Kilmarnock and Hearts (amongst several other clubs) player Conor Sammon is probably the most well known face in the squad.
They have entered the Scottish Cup since 1883 and so far the furthest they have went in the completion is the Quarter Finals, the last time being in 1988.
Celtic added another midfield option on Thursday after the £1.5 million capture of Matt O’Riley from MK Dons and with Tom Rogic looking likely to miss the next 3 league games and Turnbull’s injury, then we could see a quick start to O’Riley’s Celtic career.
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.