Harold Brattbakk comments are a complete irrelevance to Celtic

By Hamish Carton

January 14, 2020

The comments made by former Celtic favourite Harold Brattbakk about the pressure facing Neil Lennon’s Hoops this season are a complete irrelevance.

Retired Norwegian Brattbakk was quoted earlier on the website of magazine FourFourTwo claiming that the current Celtic side face more pressure than the team that he helped ‘stop the ten’ back in the 90s.

Brattbakk said: “Is the pressure on the current team not to let the 10 slip even greater than what we faced? Definitely.

Harold Brattbakk at Celtic Park (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

“I think the pressure of winning 10 in a row is bigger than stopping it. When you have to win 10 titles, you have to be good every season. If you have to stop it you only have to be good for one.

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“So the pressure is on but Celtic have been winning for so long and have experience.”

Scott Brown, Harold Brattbakk and Ronny Deila (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

Brattbakk should know that this Celtic team don’t fold under pressure

As fans we should definitely take on board what the former Parkhead hero has to say.

After all, he did help us stop ten-in-a-row – something our rivals are trying to do right as we speak.

However, Brattbakk’s words don’t mean a great deal in the grand scheme of things. This current Celtic side have been dealing with the “pressure” that he talks about for the past three years.

Each of our ten trophies won since 2016 have come under severe pressure, with big matches almost always being won by the men in green and white.

Celtic players celebrate at Hampden (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Last year we found ourselves in a pretty similar position, and under pressure from Rangers, but we got the job done once again.

That’s what makes any chat about this Celtic team being under pressure a bit laughable.

The pressure may be there, but our players don’t know it. If you know it they certainly don’t feel it.

Pressure is always spoken about as a negative in this context. The truth is that it’s a good thing. It means we have something worth holding on to.