Ronny Deila walked away from Fir Park yesterday with all three points. As for his opposite number, Mark McGhee, well he just walked on by.
The post-match handshakes that are generally customary in football did happen yesterday. However, McGhee chose to brush past Deila and go straight for John Kennedy’s hand instead, leaving the Norwegian visually stunned.
Viewers were left equally perplexed by Deila’s bemused face. There seemed to be no reason for this act of ignorance.
Now I’m not interested why McGhee chose to body swerve Deila or even filter through the bullshit he churned out after the game. It is pretty childish, insulting and unprofessional to act in such a way, particularly in front of the live TV cameras.
Whatever happened was in one man’s head. A man who up until yesterday I had been commending for his efforts in taking Motherwell up the league.
I’ve never had a bad word to say about McGhee but yesterday he made himself look like a complete chump. This may have been a ‘misunderstanding’ but he turned everything sour with his petulant demeanour.
Motherwell played well, particularly their keeper Connor Ripley. This was also one of Celtic’s better performances of late.
As hard fought a win as it was, there was enough to praise about both teams. Celtic are grinding out results, Motherwell are worth their place in the league.
Better still, Celtic are now eight points ahead of Aberdeen and in the driving seat for a 5th consecutive title. Two wins and a draw from our last five fixtures would be enough to secure the league.
The post-split fixtures list will be announced on Monday. So far we know Celtic will play Aberdeen at Celtic Park and is already being billed as the title decider.
We’ll find out soon enough. Next up though there is the small matter of playing a team across the city.
Celtic meet Rangers at Hampden in the Scottish Cup Semi Final. It’s the second time the two teams have met in their history.
Despite the blanket opinion of the media to name this an O** F*** tie, we Celtic support see it somewhat differently. The battle rages on about the claim that the Rangers that died in 2012 and the one that resides at Ibrox in the aftermath of the old club’s demise are one and the same.
The media will continue to call them the same club. The followers will continue to call them the same club.
This is a debate that will never be resolved and it’s almost a waste of time pursuing the truth of the matter. I’d like to think this new argument with the 2012 club would replace the abysmal history between Celtic and the 1872 club.
That is wishful thinking though so get ready for it. Because the “blue-fest”, sponsored by the Scottish media, is coming you way.
Oh yes, the succulent lamb brigade are positively salivating at the mere mention of “Rangers”, “Ibrox” and “Scottish Premiership” all in the one sentence. Well you know what, sentence me to death right now because this is going to be one horrible ride.
At long last the Scottish media can begin talking about a team in the top flight that they are happy to serve. This is not paranoia, this is how it is.
We’ve all seen how things can go wrong when someone in that media does say something that goes against the grain of their club or their supporters. Just ask Jim Spence.
I’m looking forward to next Sunday and Celtic maintaining a 100% record against the newcomers. Make mine a double.