Celtic - 24h on
Updated Monday, 23rd April 2012
So, what's new? Can any of us pretend to be surprised that we witnessed another defeat from one of the Old Firm? We've had seven attempts this season and have not even one point to show for our efforts.
The sad facts are that the aggregate totals this season are 10-1 to Celtic and 7-1 to Rangers (and we still have a visit to Ibrox in a fortnight). Last season we did manage a 2-0 win over Celtic but the aggregate in five games was 7-2 while we suffered a humiliating 21-3 deficit against Rangers in five games. Can anyone explain why our record against those two is so awful? Managers come and go and dozens of players represent us over the years yet the same hoodoo hangs over our team.
Is there a perpetual inferiority complex that plagues our dressing room when we face one of the Glasgow teams? In contrast our statistics against the rest of the SPL teams is impressive. That we are now regarded as a regular top six members despite the slim pickings from the top two suggests that our place at the top of the ‘real SPL table’ (excluding the Old Firm) is entirely justified.
Thanks to @TheShadow69 for the picture
We’ll have one more chance to break that duck before the season ends but before that the team has to focus on the forthcoming visit of St Johnstone. Anything but a win is unthinkable. We have been living off our well earned fat for several weeks but the gap is shrinking. If Dundee United beat Hearts in their next game they will be above us on goal difference by 3pm next Saturday. By any interpretation this next game is crucial to our hope of a third place finish.
For the first time in weeks we’ll have a squad unencumbered by suspensions. Lasley and Jennings will be reunited in midfield and the manager will be able to field the best eleven that served us so well earlier in the season. No pressure lads!