The Celtic vs St. Mirren revenge reality

By Hamish Carton

January 18, 2023

When attempting to build-up tonight’s fixture between Celtic and St. Mirren, there’s an obvious narrative at play.

Stephen Robinson’s side handed out our only domestic defeat of the season back in September, so revenge will surely be on minds of Ange Postecoglou and his players tonight?

It’s an easy place to start, and one that I was even guilty of when choosing the headline for yesterday’s video on our YouTube channel.

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“Celtic’s payback opportunity” were my stirring choice of words.

The reality, away from the headlines, is that this Celtic team will be treating tonight’s game like every single match they encounter.

St. Mirren, Greenock Morton or Real Madrid – it’s an opportunity for the team to play their best match yet.

Postecoglou put it better than I ever could yesterday when he said: “If you need revenge as a motivator, go and lose every second game.”

His compatriot Scott McDonald also believes that revenge is a dish unlikely to be on the menu tonight at Celtic Park.

Speaking on the aforementioned 67 Hail Hail YouTube video, the former Celtic forward said: “It depends on the situation and how lippy the opposition got when they beat us.

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“Realistically, Celtic will be that confident. I think you always go into a game at Celtic Park always excited and looking forward to playing at home in front of your own fans.

“You believe all the time that you’re going to get chances. You’ve just got to find that goal as early as you can.”

So tonight is just another game for this ultra-consistent side. Revenge is unlikely to be on the minds of the supporters in attendance either.

It’s all about three more points and maintaining that nine point advantage at the top of the table.

In other news, two more Celtic Park sell-outs have been announced by the club in the last 24 hours