There is no comparison to now and when we won 9iar.
Celtic are only as strong as they are right now because Rangers were nit in the league.
This paved the way for EASY league titles giving access to CL millions while using the bare minimum on the squad and paying a manager a quarter of what they are paying Rodgers right now.
Celtic fans wont like to hear that but its the truth.
Sure during our dominance it did all seem easy at the time but titles were won on the last day, Celtic not losing a game etc. Provincial clubs also had international players in their squad which meant a higher standard overall.
Right now there is no way Celtic can lose the league, not their fault and I'm nkt having a go at them but they are only in this position because of what happened in 2012.
I'm not so sure, in that article Norn posted yeah it does say one of the guys was born and bred in Dublin etc while most of the others were Scottish. Which is what I thought to be honest but the most glaring thing about for me is when the chap says basically what you have just said SPL about people from the RoI...........he then goes onto say he never wears his Rangers top in public and could never ever wear it at Landowne Rd, all the while keeping the location of meetups etc private. Hmmm seems the people of the RoI are not as tolerant as he and others try to make out. Which is again what I thought.
As I said every game at Rangers and Celtic carry pressure but this one is a different kind of pressure, its not a big game pressure its more of a "we have been shit and need a result pressure" if you get what I mean. Hey if some people see it as an absolute must win big pressure game then fair enough but I simply don't see it that way.
This season has already been destroyed and as early as it may be nothing can restore that while Pedro is in charge which is another part of why I don't see it being a "big" game...........doesn't mean I'm right of course its just how I see it.
I know a lot of fans are quite happy with Candeias but I'm certainly not one of them, seen lots raving about his performances but having seen most games this season I dont share that enthusiasm.
I also think Mckay is twice the player he is and although he is preffered on the other side he is effectivelly Mckays replacement.......we only had one true winger last season and Mckay was it, this season we only have one and Candeias is it.
I agree we appear a better team overall but really that was never going to be difficult to acheive, throw in a defender and a proper midfielder and we are half way there.
Im not convinced with Pedro or any of his signings except Morelos, Jack and Alves. The rest have been poor, ok Dorrnas has scored a few but consdering his pedigree I expect far more from him.
Pedro wasted too much money on guys we can ill afford to have as passengers, we are now stuck with them and we really need to rid ourselves if these players....Pena, Herrara, Niko, Dalcio, Hodson amd a few others.
First half I think was reasonably close with Celtic maybe edging it, we created nothing while they were menacing going forward. Second half and that jewsy shot which landed right at the players feet for the first goal, so lucky. After that game over and Celtic never ever in any trouble.
Broon totally strolled the game and pretty much controlled the tempo, easy street. Only plus point was the young lad and his excellent handling of Scotlands best striker in the first half, really annoyed none of the more experienced players didn't give him more of a hand in the second half but he should learn from that. He can hold his head high.
So far ahead and that gap will not close without further investment, Celtic streets ahead. League over before its begun and that was the case on day one of the season, our league truly is a pile of shite when no other team can even provide a challenge
I dont like the CA scandal being brought up at all, we all know the situation regarding Celtic and the cover up.
What people have to remember is their are real victims here and I dont believe for a second any Celtic fan on here is not angry and appalled at the whole story but how many times does it need to be brought up ?
Any time there is a question mark over integrity or morality from a club ?
Lets just deal with the actual main point about Celtics stance on the whole situation.
My take is its piss poor from the club and they only have one objective with the main reason being an obsession over "most succesful club".....ofcourse I may be wrong but I very much doubt it.
A victory, 3 points and 4 goals scored will please most but I can see a few problems ahead for the team if Pedro insists on certain things.
First half was a rather disappointing affair, we had a few chances but really nothing clear cut. The passing was slow and to be honest we were really a man or 2 down. Big Niko should not be starting games and should never be put on the wing.....I mean Niko on the wing what the fuck is Pedro thinking ? He was totally wasted and a clear man down because he can not run. Miller is badly needing dropped as he is taking someone elses place in the team, someone who will be far more effective than him. Bit harsh on them both but they really were poor, has been highlighted many times oarticularly Miller who seems to play every game.
We managed a goal juat before half time and it was wee Morelos who looked a real danger in the first half and most likely to score so I wasnt surprised when he did. Goal came at the right time and provided the platform for the players to build in the 2nd half and thats what they done.
Guys like Candeias started to get into the game, his delivery in the first half was shocking but he was working tirelesly. Team started to look the part when Niko was replaced by Windass and the difference was almost immediate.
Team created a number of chances and the best players were Jack, my MoM again, Tav and Candeias and also wee Morelos up top.
The worry for me is if Pedro continues to select guys who should not be starting. Miller falls into that bracket and Niko too but one guy is closely followed by them and its our captain.
He looks like a player who has not earned his place, IMO he was poor yesterday and looked nervy when under the slightest of pressure, touch was way off and decision making questionable. Only pass marks was his energy levels are good, sadly the quality is on the slide so I hope Pedro notices that.....no place for sentiment even for a great role model like Wallace.