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17 February 2024

We left Edinburgh last week after the Hibs game on high after Irish international, Adam Idah smashed a late penalty home in the dying minutes. His celebrations in front of us  in the stand behind the goals summed up all our relief at securing all 3 points.

Celtic were not at their best which has happened too many times this season and with the rangers winning their game in hand against Ross County we are now in dog fight to regain our title. We now sit on top only by having a better goal scoring record  

Once back on the supporters bus to Glasgow it was interesting to hear a completely different opinion from the Celtic fans on the bus from what I was reading on social media. 

When Celtic underperform you expect social media to go into meltdown and although we won there was a lot of negativity but also some comments which were hard to not agree with about how the club fell short in the transfer window.

On the bus we were still in the moment as cans could be heard cracking open for a well-earned drink and with those drinks came positive vibes. The talk was of CCV and Hatate who are out injured but are expected back before the business end of the season and the difference they could make. 

We will also have first choice full backs Johnstone (injured after 9 minutes at Easter Road and Taylor to come back into the team also. The transfer window is shut the Celtic board are going nowhere so maybe it’s time we circled the wagons until the end of the season. Once the season is done we can continue the conversation about the current board and the recruitment team at the club. 

I think everyone was in a more positive state of mind when we left Paisley on the train after Celtic knocked St. Mirren out of the cup. 

St. Mirren made a game of it and did not just sit in with 11 men to defend and try nick a goal. Ticketless Celtic fans were outside the stadium while inside was littered with empty seats. 

It’s St. Mirren’s stadium and they are entitled to do what they wish but the sums don’t add up when they could have moved the handful of fans from behind the goal to sell out the full stand to Celtic fans. 

In the quarter finals  of the Scottish cup we have Livingston at home so tickets won’t be a problem!

We are next the ring on Saturday at Celtic when Kilmarnock come to town. They have knocked us out of the league cup and beat us at their place in the league again. Now is the time for payback and 3 points to put pressure on the rangers who don’t play till Sunday.

Andrew Milne is based in Drogheda, Ireland. He is Editor of More than 90 Minutes Celtic Fanzine, host of the Celtic Soul Podcast and travels over land and sea to follow Celtic home and away.