From the performances since Celtic played and won against Lazio in Rome, it’s clear that there’s maybe been a need for an injection of enthusiasm. Everyone, including the manager, has been running-if thats the right word, perhaps shuffling is better-on empty.
Having won eight consecutive titles, the players are entitled to perhaps think they’ve been there and done that, even those who’ve only been around for a season or even less will perhaps fall victim to that malaise, that complacency, that feeling that everything will be alright in the morning.
Although one could argue with merit that there isn’t that much to the main rivals domestically, they’ve delayed the run to nine in a row, and perhaps even taken the initiative away from Celtic, there is still that feeling amongst the support that Celtic will do exactly what they did last year and storm towards the title, while “rangers 2 will do what they did last year and fall apart again.
There is no evidence to suggest that is what lies ahead, and in fact, it could be said that the “rangers ” players and management have learned from the lessons of the last year or two. It’s taken a while, but Gerrard is not noted for his mental agility, but he could not have achieved the respect he has in footballing terms without having a certain nous about him.
“rangers ” may well be about to benefit from that.
No other club could have given him the time and space-and loyal support from fans and media alike-that he has had at Ibrox.
No other club in any other country would have been able to parachute him into a position where he can get the attention and the attraction that he has had as manager of the second biggest club /company in the land, and at the same time allow him to have the time and space to learn the job as he goes along, and not even so much as asking him why he hasn’t won anything yet.
What’s more, Morelos apart, there isn’t a single player in his squad with anything approaching the resale value of pretty much everyone at Celtic, and there is even less demand for them.
Though the two defenders, Katic and Barasic should go on to bigger things, perhaps even sooner than expected.
The media don’t do proper grown up analysis of football in Scotland.
Though you have to say, there’s an outlet that makes our media look like there isn’t a sheet broad enough to print it on…