Here we are then. For about the seventh Sunday in a row, Neil Lennon’s Celtic face a must win game. A potential corner turner, or a fatal result?
The Hoops travel to Fir Park to take on a Motherwell side who have won four of their last five league matches.
Only Rangers have beaten them domestically in that time period. Only Rangers have even scored against the Steelmen.
They are one of the Premiership’s form sides, and we are very much not in form.
Many may cast their minds back to late 2011 when Lennon’s Celtic saw off Well in Lanarkshire in a real turning point in the first of our ten titles.
That 2-1 win, exactly nine years ago, was arguably the real start of the a Lennon team that could win the title.
We would soon embark on a 17 game winning run in the (then) SPL. What we would all give for a similar run right now.
Even if we win, will anything have changed?
Back in 2020, Lennon faces another stiff examination at Fir Park.
It is very much in “must-win” territory. But haven’t we been saying that for the last month.
We have to win the game. But, even if we do, will anything really have changed?
Football fans can be fickle at the best of times, but I doubt many will be changing their viewpoints on Lennon and this team even if three points are secured against Well.
There is perhaps an argument that Lennon will never recover from the last month of fixtures.
Every sacked manager has the result that eventually kills them off, but also the one that makes it impossible to come back from.
In that regard, Ronny Deila had the 3-1 loss to Molde. Tony Mowbray had the 1-0 defeat at Rugby Park.
Perhaps last night was Lennon’s version of that. He will probably limp on for a bit longer. But will he ever be able to recover fully?
Time will tell.