Rivals have just shown how scared they are of Celtic this season

By John McGinley

December 3, 2021

It’s been quite a 24 hours for Celtic hasn’t it?

A pulsating match against Hearts has amusingly turned out to be one of the most controversial of the season, with supporters and Rangers-minded pundits generating a desperate overreaction to events at Celtic Park.

From a goal that was hilariously deemed to be yards offside by some, to allegations of Kyogo Furuhashi being a ‘cheat’, the chatter has come thick and fast since the final whistle that delivered another three points for the Bhoys.

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For goodness sake, Robbie Neilson even said he’d go to jail if he could tell the media what he wanted to tell them last night.

As funny as it has all been, there’s actually a wider point to be made here. Rangers fans and pundits are terrified of Celtic this season.

That has never been better encapsulated by the last day of drama seeking and supposed gotchas that are meant to show Celtic as a struggling team cheating their way to victories.

Carl Starfelt declares his love for Celtic, as Ange bites back at tiring media narrative

Carl Starfelt declares his love for Celtic, as Ange bites back at tiring media narrative
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There’s a very inconvenient fact out there for those decrying Ange Postecoglou and the Bhoys – since Celtic were heavily beaten by Bayer Leverkusen, the strength and resolve of this team has been impressive.

Yes, at points the football hasn’t been silky smooth. It’s true that squad depth is undoubtedly a concern over the next month. Yet Celtic keep finding a way towards positive results in domestic competitions.

That’s a handy trait to have in a month that is much about endurance and mentality as it is about expansive football.

Do we think there would be such an outcry about Celtic decisions if they weren’t looking over their shoulder, worried at the thought of the Bhoys closing the gap on Rangers this season?

Absolutely not, in my book. Celtic should be honoured by the last 24 hours and indeed hopeful of the path ahead.

In other news, Celtic announce the easiest way yet to support charity this Christmas.