Saturday at 3pm is meant to be the holy time for football. No matter what else goes on during the week, those two hours in the middle of the sixth day are for the beautiful game. And nothing else really matters.
Except Celtic don’t seem to play too many games at 3pm on a Saturday anymore. Television schedule changes, Europa League football and international breaks have all contributed to different kick-off times so far this season. So much so that this weekend’s clash against Livingston will be just the third Premiership clash the Bhoys have played at 3pm on a Saturday.
The visit of Gary Holt’s men to Glasgow will be our 13th clash of the league campaign. So far we’ve had six fixtures moved to a Sunday, one to a Wednesday and three to earlier on during a Saturday.
3pm Saturday Celtic Park kick-offs have brought the goals
Only the home games against St. Johnstone and Ross County have started at football’s ‘holy time’ but that sets a good precedent for this weekend’s proceedings. Both the Saints and County were battered from pillow to post in Paradise – succumbing to an aggregate defeat of 13-0 over the two matches.
Our players seem to relish the joys of a Saturday afternoon kick-off with Parkhead buzzing. The crowd is usually bigger on such days, compared to some of those dreary Sunday clashes where travel arrangements are made much trickier for long-distance commuters.
But on Saturday there will be little excuse for any season ticket holder not in their rightful place by 5 to 3. The majority should be right up for it, along with the players. Basking in the joy of Celtic returning, and them doing it at the finest time of the week.