Let’s face it, international breaks without Celtic are torture. We can try and convince ourselves that some time off from the club scene is good for us, and that international football isn’t all that bad, but the truth is that we just end up pining for Celtic more.
When the full-time whistle went at Parkhead on Sunday afternoon we knew that we wouldn’t see our beloved Bhoys for the best part of a fortnight. And that kinda hurts.
Maybe it’s just Scotland being so bad. Or Celtic being so good. Or a bit of both. Whatever the case – international breaks never used to be this hard.
This international break without Celtic has been the hardest
Neil Lennon’s new-look side have entered each of the three breaks this season (yes there have been three already) either on a highest of highs or the lowest of lows. The first week off was spent enjoying the glory of our 2-0 success at Ibrox. That break wasn’t too bad because it gave us an extra week to bask in the enjoyment, while we watched our rivals squirm.
The next one was a lot harder. We’d just lost our unbeaten domestic record to Livingston when the league closed business for a fortnight. The Celtic first-team wouldn’t have been alone in wanting their next match as soon as possible. A chance to get back to winning ways and to set the record straight.
Then we arrive at the current break – and it’s probably the hardest of the lot. Celtic have won each of their last seven matches – including two victories over Lazio – and there is a feeling that more is to come. The break feels like a bit of a speedbump, slowing down an accelerating vehicle.
We can pretend we care about Steve Clarke’s Scotland side. That we care about how the likes of Kristoffer Ajer and Tom Rogic are getting on with their respective nations. But it all doesn’t quite light the fire like Celtic do.
The countdown to Livingston is on already.