Holding on to straws in the hope that a helicopter has jettisoned their own six-point lead

The media narrative is now changing to Celtic’s commanding 6-point lead with a +19 goal difference advantage that is somewhat threatened by the Scottish Cup semi-final result at Hampden on Sunday. Celtic had not lost at Hampden since the 2016 semi-final loss to the rangers and how they celebrated as if they had actually won the Scottish Cup for the first time in their history.

The celebrations were like OTT on Sunday and you know what? They have yet to win the Scottish Cup and Hearts could give them a 2016 Hibs next month. Celtic owed a defeat at Hampden. The misery we’ve inflicted the rangersHibs, Hearts, Motherwell, Aberdeen, St Johnstonewinning FOUR Scottish Cup Finals and FIVE League Cup Finals between these two semi-final defeats to the rangers It’s not something we would change in terms of memory for their only collapse in the Scottish Cup final against Hibs, where they did what they usually do in these circumstances. They rioted.

Ange Postecoglou is an experienced manager and has the full support of Celtic, who fully trust him to win the title. Most Celtic supporters would have accepted a transitional season for the new man who got into such a mess last summer, so to be in this position with five post-split games due to start this weekend beats exceed expectations.

Let’s put it this way, the chances of the rangers losing in the Scottish Cup are much higher than Celtic throwing away the lead we have established at the top of the league looking down the rangersbut that’s the narrative we’ll have to live with until Celtic speak in the park starting at Dingwall on Sunday.

John Hartson remembers Black Sunday back in 2005, when Celtic jettisoned a title by conceding two late goals at Motherwell to hand the league to now-defunct Rangers FC (playing their illegal EBT squad armed with illicit side lettering they should have seen that title and others stripped of them if the SFA followed its own rules), but sees no chance of a repeat this time.

The former Celta striker, according to reports Daily entry, he said, “Guys like Callum (McGregor) who have been on the course before and know what it’s about are important because you always know there’s a bit of noise if you lose a game.” (the rangers.

“Celtic just need to focus now and do what they’ve been doing for most of the season. I have a lot of admiration for Callum and how he has put on the bracelet. He’s a fantastic professional and a great leader and this week I’m sure he’ll be in Lennoxtown and getting the guys together for the game over the weekend. Sunday is over and now it’s about fighting for the title,” Hartson said before putting Celtic’s season into context.

“I still think it’s been a magnificent season when you think about what Ange took on when she first arrived. Being six points clear with five games to go and a goal difference of 19, it’s a solid position to be in.

“Celtic need to make sure they are not too affected by Sunday’s result. They have already won the League Cup and are in a very strong position to go for the title. And, if they go and win the double, then I think Ange would deserve a lot of credit.

“Yes there is disappointment because there was a lot of talk about Treble (although not by Ange Postecoglou). On Sunday’s piece I thought the game really could have gone either way. (The) Rangers got it done in the second half of overtime, but if Carter-Vickers had kept his shot on goal, the game would have been over. (The) Rangers found some energy and I think there were some calls that went their way as well over the course of the game.

“I will not sound bitter and say that Celtic deserved it and (the rangers not. I thought (the rangers he overcame it and I think Celtic can play a lot better. But I do think the game hinged on a couple of big decisions and some big moments. Like I said, if Carter-Vickers scores that chance, it’s game over.”

When asked about Black Sunday in 2005, Hartson noted, “There’s one more game against (the rangers coming to Celtic Park and now you’re playing the top six teams so you know it’s going to be competitive and there are no easy games. But they have a good mattress. Those six points are really seven on goal difference and I can’t see them letting it slip away.

“We made the crucial mistake in 2005 when we lost to Motherwell and Rangers (FC, now in liquidation) won it, but I don’t see that happening. I think Celtic is a different animal these days under Ange.”

Celtic may well be a different animal these days under Ange, but at least we are the same club. Celtic started the year six points BEHIND Rangers and have turned it around brilliantly. The result and performance on Sunday disappointed, but you can and will lose cup games. We’ll leave them clinging to the straws in the hope that a Helicopter has squandered their six-point lead.

Looking forward to going to Dingwall on Sunday to roar at the Hoops.

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