Since returning to action after the winter break, the doom and gloom we entered January with has all but disappeared.
Celtic are back with a bit of swagger, playing some great football, the second half against Motherwell was a joy to behold. Motherwell have been having a good season, currently third in league, that was the fixture that stood out to me as most difficult in the run of away games we have had, to win it 4-0 and play some exciting football points to everyone coming back from the break focused and refreshed.
Today it was cup action with a short trip to Cumbernauld to face former near neighbours, Clyde. All this week, all we have read and heard has been Clyde’s shock win on Roy Keane’s debut in 2008 and also the 20th anniversary of Inverness go ballistic Celtic are atrocious headline.
Granted they were big shocks but the amount of talk about them you would think they were the only shocks that have ever happened. Neil Lennon took the opportunity to shuffle the pack and rested some of his regulars including McGregor, Eduoard and Forster.
Celtic were professional in their approach and did not to take Clyde for granted. Thankfully the game went ahead with strong winds but the weather did not act as a leveller with Celtic always outclassing the home side which included two famous Celtic names in the ranks with (Chris) McStay and (Ray) Grant starting for Clyde. Sons and Paul and Peter.
Clyde are sitting 8th in League 1 with a record of W6, D7, L9. Their most recognisable player was former Dundee United and Blackburn striker David Goodwillie but he could do little in a game that Celtic dominated.
Inform Nthcam opened the scoring with a cracking strike before Scott Brown slipped in the the second before halftime
Todays game also saw a first start for Klimala who had a good chance to open his scoring account but shot straight at the keeper when he was one v one after James Forest put him through with an excellent ball. He was replaced by Bayo making a rare appearance but he made the most of his time and scored the third and could have had a few more if his finishing was better
Even Shved got 5 minutes to impress Neil Lennon but having been dropped from the Europa League squad I think his ship may have sailed for this season.
So in the end a comfortable 3-0 away win to set up a quarter final trip to Perth to play St. Johnstone.
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.