In a challenging season for Celtic, which has seen an amazing string of titles come to an end, there are always beams of hope that any progress can be salvaged. They won’t make up for the bad campaign, however they could help to relieve the pain.
After four seasons of Celtic domination and almost five calendar years (four years, nine months, and eight days to be exact), the League Cup is the first trophy in Scotland to legally go to another team. St Johnstone is to be congratulated.
Who knows where the Scottish Cup will stand now the that trophy has been destroyed. Whether it can be reintroduced into the timetable, Celtic would certainly try to make an attempt to recover it. It would also be deemed a victory regardless of what else had arisen. It’s likely that this is the first time the Scottish Cup has been won twice in the same season!
We also realise that the league will most definitely be the next cup to be destroyed. And it would be painful. Perhaps we can see the Hoops postpone the discomfort for a little while longer, enjoying a little pleasure and some limited progress in the process. The match between the two Glasgow giants on March 21st at Parkhead becomes vital.
At Parkhead, Celtic must prevent losing the title.
It’s currently where the Rangers can clinch the title, based on other outcomes. That is not what the supporters or players of the Hoops want to happen on their own turf. A triumph that slows the granting of the title will be most welcome.
Is it really possible? Despite several subpar results during the season, there is a decent possibility of a victory to cheer the fans for at least a short period. A victory is likely if John Kennedy will coordinate a stronger defence system and formation during the next three weeks.
With a smoother fixture cycle coming and just the match away to Dundee United on March 7th to compete until the home Glasgow Derby, he has the time and opportunity to do so.
Rangers, on the other side, get a glimpse of the strain that Celtic endured during their epic four-year streak of trebles. Games come at you quickly and become more important as time goes by.
Before moving to Parkhead, Steven Gerrard’s team will play league matches against Livingston and St Mirren, as well as a home and away set of Europa League ties against Slavia Prague. The strain will be on them, and the pressure will help the Hoops obtain an edge.
A victory in the Glasgow Derby, like the Scottish Cup, would not make up for a losing season. It’s incredibly impossible to impact the league’s result. It will, however, add a few smiles to people’s faces along the route.