The final whistle on Celtic’s 2020/21 season has only just been blown, but it all starts again much sooner than you might think.
In just 65 days the Bhoys are set to play their first competitive match of the season in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.
We’ll have a new captain, a new manager, a new CEO and potentially much more play turnaround compared to years gone by. It’ll be a whole new Celtic.
If that doesn’t give you some sort of hope today despite another dour team selection and draw, I don’t know what to tell you.
We’ll at least get to enjoy the excitement of a new dawn, even if it doesn’t all work out as we want it to next season.
It’s a great challenge ahead regardless of the calibre of manager we bring into the club. Rangers are unified and moving forward under a manager who now has the knowledge and means to find consistency in the Scottish Premiership.
That’s what Celtic need to find most of all. We need those week-to-week good results against your Hibs, your Livingstons and your Aberdeens. That’s our starting point and it’s definitely achievable.
The Celtic squad will be breaking up from their Lennoxtown debrief this week. Some will get to enjoy an extended holiday while others will immediately prepare to compete in the Euros throughout June.
The new Bhoys manager will expect the non-international stars back at the training ground in the third week of that to get on with the business of 2021/22.
This time next month we’ll all be full of the wonder of pre-season, summer signing targets and looming friendlies.
This season hurts. Today hurts. The celebrations in Glasgow hurt. There’s no point in denying it. As a support, we must use the sting of this failure to continue to hold the club to account. The squad, those who make it into next season, must use it as motivation for improvement.
65 days. The countdown is already on to better times.