Domestic record equalled…now it’s time to believe

Celtic’s midweek masterclass was followed up by a 1-1 draw at home to Kilmarnock on Saturday. Despite dominating the game the Hoops couldn’t find that second goal.

The most important outcome was that they didn’t lose the match. The draw meant that Brendan Rodgers equalled the club record set by Willie Maley between 13 November 1915 and 21 April 1917.

Maley, also a Northern Irishman by birth, was Celtic’s first manager. And like Rodgers he began his managerial career at early age albeit through different circumstances.

Now some 100 years on, a man from County Down and a man from County Antrim share this unbelievable feat. The club are currently bookmarked by two managerial legends.

Of course club history could be rewritten if that run continued next Saturday at McDiarmid Park. Before then there is the small matter of Bayern Munich at Celtic Park on Tuesday.

The bad news for Celtic is injuries once again. Paddy Roberts went off at the weekend with a hamstring injury and will be out for 4-6 weeks.

As much as that is a blow, I’ve been encouraged by James Forrest’s performaces of late. I think he’s been starved just enough to give him the motivation for such a huge home tie.

A few players were rested or used in part on Saturday with one eye on this Champions League fixture. That’s understandable because I get that there’s a feeling Celtic could take something from this game.

That may not amount to a win but what Brendan Rodgers and his players must do is make some progress against teams that sit at the top of the European pyramid. Too much caution and respect hasn’t yielded anything but a hiding.

Bayern have their own injury doubts as well. Robert Lewandowski went off at the weekend and is on the current injury list, but he has plenty of team mates to step in and do a job.

Celtic just need to focus on this game and with the players they do have. Anything can happen.

Go at Bayern like they did Manchester City in season one. There’s nothing to be afraid of.

Hallowe’en it may be, but Celtic must exorcise their Champions League ghosts. It’s an eleven v eleven situation and you have your fans right behind you. 

We believe in you Bhoys. Now believe in yourselves.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

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