Celtic boss Neil Lennon has a right to feel a bit better about himself this Christmas Eve.
The Hoops manager has led us to a fourth consecutive win thanks to yesterday’s 2-0 success against Ross County. That followed previous victories against Lille, Kilmarnock, and Hearts in three different competitions respectively.
Stretching back to mid-October, Celtic’s season looked to be going down the pan and fast. We had been knocked out of the Betfred Cup at home to County. We were bullied about the place in the Europa League. Worst of all, we found ourselves losing track of Rangers in the title-race.
There was an absolute hurricane that swept through our season and caused what looked to be irreparable damage. That might still prove to be the case too. Time will tell whether we can eat into that Rangers lead.
But whilst the storm clouds of that hurricane haven’t lifted – the rain has gone down a bit. Some wins have been racked up and Lennon has found himself some new heroes.
He’s found a goalkeeper who knows how to save shots in Conor Hazard. He’s found a genuine goalscoring and all-round superb midfield talent in David Turnbull. And, perhaps most importantly of all, he’s found Scott Brown’s replacement in Ismaila Soro.
These three alone – particularly the latter pair – have given Celtic reason to believe again. A reason to believe that Lennon may very well have a title-winning starting XI in his ranks. No more of this being loyal to players nonsense (Glasgow Live).
Granted, they’ll have to make up for much of the old guards’ failures in the early stage of the campaign. But they look capable of it.
Celtic have plenty of fresh energy coming into the team
With Mikey Johnston also adding something different to Celtic in the final third with his return, we have some fresh energy there. All of a sudden, Celtic seem to be playing with confidence.
Upcoming games against Hamilton and Dundee United will only allow us the chance to continue that momentum further.
Suddenly, stunning Ibrox now looks a touch more plausible. Something it certainly didn’t seem several weeks ago. Lennon looks to have found an XI that can go on a run and eat into this lead at the top of the Premiership.
But such is the heavy-hitting nature of the damage we’ve received this season, four consecutive wins is just a start. Nothing else. If beating Rangers at Ibrox doesn’t make it seven-in-a-row, then forget it.
We’re in a place now where one slip-up and it’s gone. That’s the perhaps unfair pressure that’s now on the likes of Soro and Turnbull. They have to come into this Celtic team and turn it into a winning machine that will make our rivals collapse.
Everything is still in our hands this season. But any more dropped points and that won’t be the case. Our season is still on the brink – and it’ll be that way till our rivals start slipping up.
It’ll soon be time for us to show everyone how it’s done. Hopefully, that will be the true momentum turner that we need heading into 2021.