We have a home tie against Ross County tomorrow night, personally I think County are a decent outfit.
Once that is over with, regardless of the result we have an away game on Saturday. The opponents are the football club formerly known As Rangers. I have no extra worries about this game as I would have playing away from home at any SPFL game.
I’m 52 now so I can remember that in the run up to playing Rangers at any ground was always exciting and I’d be a bag of nerves for days. All that has gone now.
Since the introduction of ‘The Rangers’ I’ve never sweated over any match in which we have played them.
- First time we played them at Hampden I knew we would beat them. Simply we had better players.
- The second time we played them in a semi final I did have some worries. Although we still had better players I knew our dressing room had lost faith in the manager. I was concerned that we would not play with the intensity required to beat any one. Even at that they could only win on pens.
- The first SPFL match up ever between the teams I was chilled out. I knew we were too good for them and that we had a manager capable of making tactical and personnel changes when needed.
- The last game at Hampden, again no worries, in fact I’d go as far to say that we dominated that game even more than the 5 -1 game.
So as you might have guessed by now I don’t actually have any fear of not winning at Ibrox.
The Old Firm died in 2012 along with Rangers FC. The team we will face on Saturday are not anywhere near the threat that RFC posed us. Celtic’s biggest threat comes from within, If we don’t approach any match with professionalism and hard work then we will struggle against other SPFL sides.