Last time I checked Celtic had played domestic opposition 53 times, in all competitions without suffering defeat. Just nine games short of equaling a record 62 games created by Willie Maley’s team from 1915-1917.
It’s an incredible feat, when you consider how the game has changed, and how many games are played after the team has travelled away in Europe, this week is a good example of that, Brendan Rodgers Bhoys returning from a near 4,000 mile journey to Kazakhstan.
And the last time I checked, the players were human. Like me and you. Which means, like me and you, they make mistakes.
Yesterday, maybe just to prove the point, young full back Anthony Ralston and goalkeeper Craig Gordon conspired to make a hash of a defensive clearance, resulting in St Johnstone taking a one goal lead at Celtic Park.
The goal came in a first half that was, by Celtic standards, very lacklustre to say the least.
After falling behind, the Bhoys stepped up a gear and finished the half more like themselves, with Scott Sinclair more involved in our attempts t draw level.
Going in a goal down at half-time is something unusual for this team. And for some fans, who thought booing the Hoops off was a good idea. Though I don’t know how,
The gaffer made two changes at the interval, taking off James Forrest and midweek man of the match Olivier Ntcham, replacing them with Jonny Hayes and Stuart Armstrong.
Immediately, the team driven on by a revitalised Broonie and Armstrong, upped the tempo and spend the whole second half peppering the Alan Mannus’ goal with shots. For a long a long time it looked like being one of those days, when the ball just wouldn’t go in.
However, it was Brendan’s third substitute, Callum McGregor, who made the breakthrough, rifling a right foot shot into the corner of the Saints net with only 11 minutes to go. the goal came in a hectic period that saw the Champions hit the bar twice and goalkeeper Mannus make several good saves.
Our run will end at some point. It may be through a mistake, or through an incredible referring decision, like Willie Collum’s yesterday, when he only booked goalscorer Steven McLean for raising his hand to Kieran Tierney.
Reducing Saints to ten men at that point could have resulted in a very different outcome. I look forward to hearing loudmouth manager Tommy Wright tell us how Celtic get all the decisions like he did last season at Perth….
A 1-1 draw wasn’t the worst result, but to many in our support, it was really too much to take. How dare Celtic drop points? Its pretty obvious they weren’t around in the really bad old days when, we actually LOST a game!