The SPL might just be entering a new golden era.

So Kilmarnock beat us for the first time at Celtic Park since 10th December 1955. To be honest I didn’t believe it had been that long. We’ve had Neil Lennon state it was his fault. Adam Matthews saying there were no excuses. Kris Commons perplexed. The Daily Record predictably marking this historic occasion by publishing a report of that 1955 match and so it goes on.

Yes it was unexpected. Yes we were rubbish and yes “Lilmarnock” were more motivated and energetic. Apart from the fact that we didn’t have a ‘leader’ on the park we are ignoring something quite fundamental…Kilmarnock are actually a good team and can play a game at a tempo that I enjoy watching.

Personally, I believe that with Rangers going into liquidation and disappearing off our immediate planet has taken the urgency and focus off our league performances. Historically the first result we looked for was the old RFC one. How often were we gutted at learning they had snatched an extra time equaliser or winner or humped some rabbit in the headlights of life and increased their GD? Now they are not around to help our team focus on the need for a win I am seeing a softer side to our play, with a slightly less imperative and certainly with less tempo. The fear factor has gone.

Like Sevco we are learning to play in a new world and adapting to a new era. If pressed I admit I like this league…I like the competitiveness…I am seeing confidence returning and the emergence of truly gifted young Scottish players across the SPL. We could just be entering a golden era where economic reality has set in and at last clubs are reaping the rewards of their youth policy.

We at Celtic will also benefit from this golden era as our domestic competiveness will only get better as the opposition get better, more consistent. I am lucky to be able to watch quite regularly European football and trust me the SPL has many players the match of some of the lesser countries.
Of course I’m not advocating we are at the consistent level of La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesliga or even the Premiership however look at Hearts performance against Liverpool and our performances this season.

The whole of the football world is having to adjust [with a few notable exceptions] to the new economic landscape and we in Scotland are ahead of the curve on that one. Yes, life will still be tough for our clubs and for one across the city perhaps even tougher but things can only get better from now on.

Let’s not forget the reason why, back in the day, Celtic were such a respected and feared football team in European competitions was because our domestic league was so competitive and packed with home-grown football talent.
I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season and seeing our squad get stretched and challenged at home and in Europe.

Bring it on!

Comments

  1. Hey you could be onto something here! I totally agree about Kilmarnock being a decent side and Kenny Sheils seems to have a bit of a hoodoo over us, Killie are fast becoming our bogie team! I think however I think that NL will be focusing almost completely on the CL as long as we are in with a shout of qualification, and our own performances will pick up markedly when that has been decided.

  2. Hey you could be onto something here! I totally agree about Kilmarnock being a decent side and Kenny Sheils seems to have a bit of a hoodoo over us, Killie are fast becoming our bogie team! I think however I think that NL will be focusing almost completely on the CL as long as we are in with a shout of qualification, and our own performances will pick up markedly when that has been decided.

  3. Yes…sound thinking WeeLubo. NL may just have that focus…however, he has a squad that needs and should want get toto play football and be winners…they’ve just got to grips with the domestic competition. By any other season starts this would be considered a disaster…dropping this number of points would not be taken so lightly.

  4. Yes…sound thinking WeeLubo. NL may just have that focus…however, he has a squad that needs and should want get toto play football and be winners…they’ve just got to grips with the domestic competition. By any other season starts this would be considered a disaster…dropping this number of points would not be taken so lightly.

  5. every passing week we are seeing a more level playing field in the SPL, now the team that has destroyed scottish football with its outrageous over spending (cheating), that even celtic was struggling to match, has gone, we will see a better, more competitive SPL and ultimately national team.

    heres to the future, the next 10 years will become the new 80s, stronger youths, stronger SPL, more competitive in europe and scotland qualifying for tournaments.

    1. Hail Hail Al…Cant agree more…I am very optimistic…with the emphasis on greater competition I agree we could be turning a corner.

  6. every passing week we are seeing a more level playing field in the SPL, now the team that has destroyed scottish football with its outrageous over spending (cheating), that even celtic was struggling to match, has gone, we will see a better, more competitive SPL and ultimately national team.

    heres to the future, the next 10 years will become the new 80s, stronger youths, stronger SPL, more competitive in europe and scotland qualifying for tournaments.

    1. Hail Hail Al…Cant agree more…I am very optimistic…with the emphasis on greater competition I agree we could be turning a corner.

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