The pointless Celtic complacency question and why it's time to put it to bed

By David Walton

April 12, 2022

Many will say that the only thing now stopping Celtic from winning the Scottish Premiership is Celtic themselves.

Perhaps, therefore, that offers some justification as to why we’ve constantly been hearing about potential complacency creeping into the squad. It’s effectively the last demon they apparently need to battle in order to secure the Scottish Premiership.

The narrative of complacency potentially creeping in really picked up after Celtic’s 2-1 win at Ibrox last week. Being 6 points clear and with only 6 matches remaining, it was clear our rivals could only hope and pray we took our foot off the gas due to the pressure.

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Ange had to answer questions on it as soon as that fixture was over. No surprisingly, he moved to dismiss it and stated that if there was any evidence of it then those individuals would be “left behind” [Sky Sports].

Celtic would then demolish St Johnstone 7-0 to firmly put the notion of complacency to bed. Immediately afterward, he was again asked about the potential hazard by the BBC. He was asked to comment on those who believed Celtic would indeed take their foot off the gas. Again, Ange was diplomatic and admitted he could understand the question but that, again, it wasn’t present.

Not to mention it was constantly a point being brought up throughout the week on radio phone-in shows and social media. But the fact is that Saturday answered everything we need to know about the complacency levels at Celtic Park.

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If Celtic held complacency, it would’ve shown on Saturday

Never would there have been a more obvious game than Saturday for arrogance to show if any of it existed within the Celtic dressing room.

Celtic moved from a 2-1 win at the home of their rivals and near-certain title glory to a home match against the team sitting second bottom of the league. It’s the perfect set-up for a story about us crashing right back down to earth with a laboured display.

Instead, what we got was arguably our best performance of the season. 7-0 with Celtic being a total joy to watch from start to finish. It was the most high-tempo, all-intensity performance we’ve experienced this term. Ange’s biggest margin of victory as Celtic manager in fact.

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The reason that result and performance came about? Because of the work being put in at Lennoxtown in the week prior. There was no dancing or getting the party hats out after the Ibrox success. All eyes were immediately on St Johnstone, and it showed come the game itself.

So there’s no need for Ange to be asked about complacency anymore. It doesn’t make any sense as to why it would creep into our game at this stage. Not when we’re so close to glory and with games against our big rivals coming up. There’s no room for it, and it’s become clear the manager won’t allow it.

Any more on this narrative and it’ll be getting tiresome.

In other news, Celtic man Cameron Carter-Vickers left Kenny Dalglish hugely impressed after Anfield visit