The headline is for my benefit as well yours.
Winning is a funny thing, you win so much, so often you can almost get numb to it on some level.
At the age of 28, I know Celtic and winning things hasn’t always been a foregone conclusion but even sometimes I can take it for granted nowadays.
It took a few people on twitter to sharply remind me of what’s going on at Celtic right now and how when the Rodgers Era is all said and done, we will look back at it as another golden era for the club.
Not being lucky enough to travel north for the game midweek where Celtic picked apart the second best team in the country, I have to admit, it took a second viewing of the game for me to really appreciated the football on show and the dominance of this Celtic side. When I watched the game live, with Celtic’s attack after attack then goal by Kieran Tierney I am kicking myself when I tell you my inner monologue was telling gave out a ‘yay’ rather than a ‘yaaaaas’ – Like Celtic’s goal and win was as inevitable as a Rangers* statement.
It was when I read some of the appreciative tweets from some of the older fans in our support about dismantling the dons that I went back and watched the full game and then and only then did I get a full appreciation of what had gone on here.
Celtic’s football was outstanding, they dictated the play, their movement was world class and a full-back chipped in with the opening goal. This was a reshuffled team that seen Leigh Griffiths, Scott Sinclair AND Patrick Roberts drop out of the starting XI – three players who have been instrumental in Rodgers success thus far and Celtic didn’t even skip a millisecond of a beat, it was absolutely remarkable.
It has refocused me as a Celtic fan to appreciate every win that comes our way. It has made me more excited for Celtic’s next game and it has me dreaming about where Rodgers can take this side.
My friend took a Celtic tour not long after the end of last season and he told me how the tour guide made a point of letting the younger fans on the tour know how incredible the season that had just gone was. The tour guide drilled it into the younger fans heads that what they were witnessing wasn’t just routine Celtic winning but other than the season we won the lot under Jock that our first one under Rodgers was up there.
We don’t take into account that fans as old as 16-17 now don’t really remember a Celtic team that wasn’t in the hunt for trophies on a regular basis. They grew up with Celtic being there or thereabouts and maybe even take it more for granted than I was starting to.
So what is my overall message after self-indulgent introspective?
Appreciate what you’re watching; that especially goes to the two guys sitting behind me at Celtic Park! If you have anything to overly moan about you’re living in cloud cookoo land.
Scottish Football needs a strong Celtic and that’s what they have.