Ross County manager John Hughes has been piling on the praise for Celtic, and bigged up their derby performance against Rangers last month.
Hughes’ County will host the Hoops at the weekend as they look to halt our five-game winning run. Celtic have looked something more like themselves in recent weeks. However, performances have still been largely poor.
The Hoops have struggled in games against Motherwell, St Johnstone, and now Aberdeen respectively. All won by single-goal margins. Even so, victories are victories, and it’s led to a slightly reduced level of pressure on the club even if we still sit 15 points behind Rangers.
No surprises however that former Celtic man Hughes is happy to talk up the Bhoys of course. And after praising Rangers as his side lost 5-0 at Ibrox recently, Hughes couldn’t help but bring up Celtic’s dominant performance in the most recent Glasgow derby.
As quoted by the Ross-shire Journal, Yogi said: “They’ve got their mojo back, I’d say, after that sticky spell. They play some great football. I was waxing lyrical about Rangers in their performance against us at Ibrox and yet, when you look at Celtic – albeit Rangers beat them – they were the better football team in the Old Firm match.
“We know the strength of opponent this weekend. They seem to have that hunger back. As a player, you want to test yourself against the best so it has to inspire our players.
“It has been stop-start, but I’ve got a good bunch of boys who realise what is needed. We need to let Celtic know they’re in a game. The pretty football is for another day. It’s all about picking up results. We have to defend from the front.”
Celtic will forever regret not making more of Ibrox performance
It will forever be our biggest regret of the season. THAT game at Ibrox. The one we bossed. The one where on another day we would’ve been strolling out of Govan with a comfortable win.
Had we succeeded back on January 2nd, the title race could’ve been looking a lot different. The points gap, at the very least, would now be sitting at nine points with two derbies to come. A lot more appetising than the 15-point margin we’re currently staring at.
That’s not even taking into account what the pressure of that could’ve done to Rangers. Or whether it would’ve given us the lift we needed to avoid recent slip-ups vs Hibernian, Livingston, and St Mirren respectively.
As things stand at the moment, that’s not the case. But there’s still a debate to be had as to whether we’ve truly found our mojo again, as Hughes puts it. Wins are always sweet regardless of what kind of crisis your club is in. But the sour taste of how this season has gone can’t be erased so easily.
In truth, it’ll still take a complete summer overhaul to really get Celtic fans excited. Even winning all our games between now and the end of the campaign won’t cut it either. That’s just the level of emotion we had for this season unfortunately.
Of course, Lennon won’t be helping himself if the winning run stops anytime soon. At a time of such crisis for Celtic Football Club, he could do with ensuring there’s one less stick to beat him with.