Media pundits keep pushing tiring Celtic title narrative after derby defeat

By David Walton

April 21, 2022

Ever since the Scottish Cup defeat to Rangers, we’ve suddenly had to deal with media pundits consistently telling us the league isn’t over.

Pundits from both sides of the Glasgow divide have been quick to push that message this week. Chris Sutton, for example, stated immediately after the game that the league is “absolutely not done” [Daily Record]. Barry Ferguson, meanwhile, said more or less the exact same in the immediate aftermath [Daily Record].

The latest voice comes from the Ibrox side once more as Kevin Thomson pushed the same narrative [The National]. However, has one Celtic player or the manager come out and actually said they believe it’s all over? I must’ve missed that.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 02: Reo Hatate of Celtic celebrates with his team-mates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Rangers FC at on February 02, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Why pundits feel the need to push this message is a touch confusing. Especially so incessantly after Sunday. Of course the league isn’t over yet – we’ve still to win 3 more games. Celtic fans know that and their players know that.

Too many are mistaking confidence with arrogance. The feeling around Celtic at the moment is one of extreme positivity. That’s been earned due to their league form. But nobody has flat out said the league is over, so goodness knows why people feel the need to keep bringing it up.

In fact, the Celtic players have been coming out recently and pushing their belief that it’s vital they continue to keep the head and win their remaining fixtures [Celtic YouTube].

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Celtic know nothing has been won yet; complacency won’t be an issue

Again this just isn’t something many Celtic supporters will be concerned with at all. It’s important to remember that the Hoops have shown throughout the season that complacency won’t come into their thinking.

If they were going to start being arrogant ahead of the run-in, it would’ve shown against St Johnstone. Instead, Celtic ran out 7-0 winners and moved 3 points closer to the title. Why on earth would we expect it to creep into our game now? Especially after a defeat? That’s where the confidence comes from.

Celtic have got to the position they’re now in by staying humble. By just getting on with things and by respecting every opponent they come up against. They haven’t forecasted the future and certainly haven’t dismissed challenges. That’s why we know there will be no major shift in focus over the coming weeks.

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Hopefully, that will be enough to see us step over the line and secure the title. But until people from Celtic actually start coming out and saying the title has been won, it feels needless to constantly try and throw the message of it still being open in their face.

We’ll learn even more about Celtic’s mindset when they face Ross County in Dingwall on Sunday. A convincing victory there would say a lot about the character of this squad. But we know how costly a defeat or a draw could be. The players and the manager know it too. That’s why there are no premature celebrations going on.

The sooner we do put the league championship to bed, the easier all Celtic fans can rest. But for now, we all know there’s still work to be done.

In other news, Chris Sutton believes Celtic will look to “blow Ross County away” within 30 minutes