It’s the big one on Sunday, a Glasgow derby in which Celtic can extend their lead over their rivals to 9 points with a win. With only 9 points to play for, after the game, then it is all but a title decider, as we have a healthy advantage of goals scored.
I think most Celtic fans went into the cup semi-final against Rangers in confident mood, expecting them to tire after their Europa league exertions however truth be told, we never played well on the day and didn’t deserve anything, that being said, we still went to extra time and had a chance to win the game had CCV scored, so it was very much fine margins, despite the fact we never played well.
This time I think our confidence will be tempered however we are very much in pole position, although we would rather win, a draw would not be the worst result, Rangers really need to win to have any chance of winning the league.
Last weekend’s result against Ross County was massive, they would have all been watching hoping and praying for a slip up, in the end it was a fairly comfortable win, although it did take the late goal from Jota to settle some nerves. Both games up in Dingwall have proved crucial to our title aspirations. The Tony Ralson winner deep in injury time in December was a big turning point, I remember saying to people afterwards that I then believed we would go on to win the league such was the importance of the result. The same can be said for last week.
With Giakoumakis back from injury, it gives Ange a dilemma, will he go for the big Greek who has tormented the Rangers defence in the previous two league games or go for Kyogo, fresh from injury himself and back in the goals last week. Ange could through a curveball and play both. The only real injury is for Juranovic, Ralston played well last week and shouldn’t be a worry stepping in.
Lets hope its another Beautiful Sunday as we all but wrap up the league.
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.