There used to be a time when Celtic travelled across Glasgow to play at Ibrox with an element of trepidation. Derby games were always bound to have an edge to them.
Prior to the death of Rangers, the games were close run encounters with more than their fair share of controversy, usually about something that affected the result.
Not these days though.
When Brendan Rodgers send Broonie & Co out on the the Govan pitch he knows his skipper and the Bhoys are going out there to boss the game. We’ll have the best chances, have most of possession and probably win with a goal or two to spare.
It’s a fact the Tribute Act can’t get anywhere near us on and off the pitch.
So they resort to deflection tactics to try and mask the massive gulf between the clubs. And the chief deflector is the circus freak that masquerades as Sevco manager…Pedro Caixinha.
His pre-match rantings are something else. He talks in riddles and gives no real indication of what his point is. I know English isn’t his first language but when it comes saying what the Bears want to hear, he’s right on cue. Courtesy of some media training by the devious Jim Traynor.
Pedro chose half-time to go a step further in his attempt to endear himself to the home hordes by having a go at man of the match, Celtic captain Scott Brown. It was playground stuff. Broonie, as he should, took no nonsense from the ranting Portuguese.
The Hoops man stood face to face and made it clear to everyone inside Ibrox, this Celtic team WON’T be intimidated by anyone.
Celtic are a class above any of our nearest rival, old clubs and new. And a slavering upstart like Caixinha isn’t going to knock us off course.
Despite what the SMSM tried to tell us, we dominated the game. Had 18 attempts on goal to their 6. 11 corners to their 1 and more importantly, 2 goals to their 0.
Tom Rogic, who was almost anonymous during his time on the park, slammed in the first and cheeky Leigh Griffiths, who made his 100th league appearance in the Hoops notched his 67th goal for the Bhoys.
Our domestic dominance now takes us on to 57 games without defeat. A truly remarkable feat considering we play so many European games too.
And while we travel to Belgium to take on RSC Anderlecht in the Champions League, I would like to think someone from the circus comes calling to the South Side of Glasgow to take one of their clowns back….