This season has the potential to be a defining moment in the history of Scottish football, not just because Celtic are gunning for a record-breaking tenth league title in a row.
Their chances of doing so have just taken a major dent having tasted an embarrassing defeat in the first Old Firm derby of the season and even though it’s just one fixture of 38, there were telling signs that should pose a much greater threat to everything that’s been created at Parkhead in this current legacy.
Rangers are closing the gap on Celtic, and rapidly.
The Light Blues currently occupy top spot with a four-point cushion to the Hoops and for the second time in as many seasons, they have looked the completely better outfit at Celtic Park.
Outfought and outmuscled – could this be the year that the Gers finally break that duck? Quite possibly.
You can lambast Neil Lennon for his team selection – he certainly got one or two calls wrong on the day – but his hands were somewhat tied due to injuries and the virus practically decimating a number of his key stars.
But the performance was perhaps a real sign that the Bhoys’ Glaswegian rivals have finally caught up after so many years.
Steven Gerrard’s men looked better in every single aspect – that much was evident in the fact that the home side failed to register a single attempt on target all game.
It can’t be denied that Rangers have spent well and it’s now starting to come together.
In that time, Celtic have lost several key players and perhaps haven’t brought in the right replacements, even potentially resting on their laurels in a complacent way.
Which is why chief executive Peter Lawwell should be put in the firing line, after all, he’s putting his legacy on the line here too.
If you want to blame the manager for this, then it only comes back to the top of the hierarchy as he was the man to appoint him in the first place following the departure of Brendan Rodgers, who made a serious statement during his time in charge.
Former Hoops midfielder Alan Thompson copped a lot of flak on Twitter on Saturday evening with this tweet:
I blame Peter Lawell ⚽️
— Alan Thompson (@Alantommo8) October 17, 2020
But maybe he’s right.
It was only a little over a year ago that fans unveiled a damning banner display following a similarly embarrassing defeat to Cluj in the Champions League, it read:
“This is how it feels to be Celtic, downsizing again as you know. The Celtic board are gambling on ten in a row.”
Yet here we are – same manager, same situation. No Champions League football, and now chasing their arch-rivals in the league.
Their transfer strategy has hardly improved since then, and you only have to look at Rangers’ rapid rise to see that.
You can take fire at Lennon, but the buck must be passed onto Lawwell too.
AND in other news, one BAD decision embarrassingly cost Celtic in Old Firm defeat…