Celtic’s loss to Rangers at home must serve as a wake up call with nine-in-a-row in real danger against Steven Gerrard’s side.
The first step to improvement is to accept one’s shortcomings and Celtic had quite a few in their 2-1 defeat at Parkhead at the hands of Steven Gerrard’s Rangers in what was a toothless display. The scoreline might even be doing them a favour as the gap between the two sides was much wider than that. Let’s just say Neil Lennon’s side got outplayed in every department at their own home.
Now we go into the January break with time to sit on this result. No one on the pitch or in the dugout was up to the mark on the day. And if Rangers win their spare game in hand (which they most likely will) they will be going top of the Premiership table. The loss also means that our earlier win at Ibrox has now been cancelled out.
Unfortunately, the danger signs were clearly visible at Hampden Park earlier this month and we decided to ignore them. Rangers were clearly the better team on that day as well and if not for an inspired Fraser Forster in goal and a wasteful Alfredo Morelos in front of it, we would have been embarrassed.
This time there is no hiding though as it has been proved now that Rangers are really good and genuine title challengers, if that was not clear already. And we need to strengthen considerably in January if we are to win a ninth straight league title in a row.
We are not as far ahead of Rangers as first thought. In fact, we might even be behind judging by these last two games. And that is not something we cannot afford to do. Especially not when we are looking to win a record-equaling nine-in-a-row. Not when we are hoping to make history next season by winning a historic ten-in-a-row. Not now! Not ever!