"No one in their right mind"; Chris Sutton lauds Celtic unbeaten run and title platform
Nobody in their right mind, even the most ambitious of Celtic supporters, would expect the Bhoys to be where they are now, says Chris Sutton.
The Hoops could make it 31 games unbeaten in domestic football with a win over Ross County today. It’s a far cry from last season, or even the early days of this campaign. Ange Postecoglou walked into a club that was in crisis mode, and needed to assert himself quickly.
After a slightly rocky start, Celtic find themselves in the midst of a somehow-underrated streak without losing. It’s given us a great platform to achieve a Treble, something Sutton noted Ange is talking about directly. And while not every game has been the prime “Angeball” that we’ve seen at times, it doesn’t matter – we’re winning games, and in a really healthy position.
Sutton wrote in his Daily Record column: “No one in their right mind would have predicted Celtic would be in this position back in September.
“But they’ve put together a serious run of form where they have managed to pick up results in all kinds of ways. It’s not all been flashy, swash-buckling football. But that’s OK, that’s what it takes to win titles.
“They are in with a chance this year and that’s more than most expected. The cup Double would still be a success. A league and cup Double would be remarkable.
“And the Treble would be absolutely sensational.”
Dwelling on success isn’t Ange’s way, but Chris Sutton is right – nobody saw this coming
If you’d guessed back in September that Celtic would go on to a ridiculous 30 games without defeat, you’d have been laughed at.
That was the reality. Celtic certainly weren’t dreadful; emphatic wins over Dundee and St Mirren showed the potential, as did getting into the Europa League. But where we were then, and where we are now? It’s incredible, really.
Sutton’s right, too; has it always been pretty? No sir. Celtic have had to really dig out results when required. That’s the mark of Champions, though. When the going gets tough, the Hoops have found resolve, and a way to pick up crucial points, to almost quote Billy Ocean.
Whatever happens at the end of the season, the transformation in form has been remarkable. It’s almost an entirely new squad that Ange has built, and it’s as healthy now as we’ve ever seen it. Any oncoming traffic from the Scottish Premiership needs to be really wary.
However impressive things are though, there’ll be nobody dwelling on it. The season hasn’t finished, and nothing like it. It’s keeping up this ultra-consistency from now that’s most crucial.
Ange will want high-performance, high-intensity football from his team. He knows the reality though, long as Celtic find ways to win and keep supporters happy, the manager will have met his objective.
Chris Sutton is right, of course; nobody would’ve seen any of this coming when we trudged out of the Tony Macaroni Arena in September.
It’s a very different story now.