Reasons to feel positive as Celtic fans continue agonising wait

By Hamish Carton

February 23, 2023

As a Celtic fan it may seem like this week is dragging on forever.

We’re now less than four days away from kick-off at Hampden Park as Ange Postecoglou‘s side go for the League Cup against Rangers.

And while this week will still have 604,800 seconds (like every other week) it is okay to feel like time is standing still.

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While the excruciating wait for kick-off continues, and the nerves increase, let’s focus on the reasons to feel positive.

The main cause for optimism is that Celtic are in a wonderful place under Ange Postecoglou – perhaps the greatest position we’ve been in domestically for several years.

We’ve lost just once in Scotland this season, and drawn once too, winning the other 29 matches we’ve played.

The team has overcome virtually every challenge they’ve been set, even if things went down to the wire.

We have a number of players playing the best football of their Celtic careers, with the likes of Reo Hatate, Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda and Cameron Carter-Vickers all right at the top of their game.

Significantly, we also have little in the way of injury worries going into the game. (touches wood)

On Tuesday, Postecoglou told Celtic TV: “Obviously from the weekend no new injuries from the game. We expect (David) Turnbull and Aaron (Mooy) to join training this week.”

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If Celtic bring their A game to an improved Hampden surface on Sunday, we will create chances and probably score goals.

At the other end, our defence has shipped just two goals in our last nine matches.

And even if things don’t go our way, we’re still looking good for the league. Okay, the last one isn’t going to wash with you all.

Sunday matters a lot and that’s why you’re likely feeling nervy all these days before.

The team are unlikely to feel the same way. They’re made for days like this.

In other news, even Barry Ferguson seems to be struggling with Rangers’ media comments about Celtic