It feels like, ahead of a big Celtic v Rangers clash, that we haven’t actually discussed football much.

Instead, it’s been “guard of honour” nonsense; the shallow pageantry of the match as opposed to the match itself. From my own feed, I’ve seen plenty of tweets about how tomorrow is more a chore than a treat. It’s not even a feeling of inevitability we’ll lose, or optimism we’ll win, just a tepid build-up.

That shouldn’t be the case, because there’s plenty of intrigue here. Primarily from a Celtic perspective. In truth, tomorrow is an acid test for plenty of the first XI, and the squad at large. Beyond being a test for interim boss John Kennedy, there are plenty of players who need a massive game tomorrow.

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That is, if they want to stay at the club.

It’s clear that massive renovation is needed at Celtic. While talk of an entire rebuild, leaving all but 5 first-team players, is ridiculous, it’s not entirely unwarranted. Between the loan players leaving and guys being moved on, we might be left with a bare-bones first-team not long into the summer. So, those who are keen to keep a locker at Lennoxtown will need to be on it from the first whistle tomorrow.

Celtic v Rangers

Plenty to prove / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

For much of the Celtic squad, this is the biggest test of 20-21

All the momentum is with Rangers just now.

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With the title already sewn up, they’re looking to go a league season unbeaten. For the veterans, the likes of Brown, McGregor Griffiths et al, that should be incredibly unpalatable. It’s something that should be a massive motivator.

 

There are others, though, who need to finish the season big. Greg Taylor has been largely impressive, but another manager might not see him as a long-term answer in a problem position. Stephen Welsh surely realises there’ll be huge competition for a place he’s only just secured. Further up, Ismaila Soro can cap an excellent breakout year by controlling the tempo tomorrow.

We’ve already discussed the striking options around Odsonne Edouard; French Eddy himself will be wanting to prove a few doubters wrong, himself.

Looking at the first-team squad [Celtic FC], there are so few who are nailed-on to be at the club next season. Bearing in mind that there are always some surprises – Frimpong leaving, for example – we don’t really have much of a clue who’ll be there, under a manager whose identity we don’t know.

So there’s plenty at stake. Nothing less than a win will do, for the club, the supporters and the players themselves. Surely, there’ll be a real desire to make a point tomorrow.

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