Posted on Saturday, 12th May 2012 by Lauren
The 2011/2012 season will no doubt always be remembered in the media for the endless scandals that have emerged (and continue to do so) from Ibrox. It’s dominated conversations for months now and rightfully so. The whole affair has the potential to change the face of Scottish football forever. Whether it’ll turn out to change our game for the better or the worse is yet to be seen, but that’s all for another blog on another day. This weekend, it’s about Celtic.
I was on holiday for several of our earlier fixtures this season. There’s something really enjoyable about finding a Celtic pub in a foreign country (in Marmaris it’s easy; just follow the sound of the rebs!) and watching the game in 40 degree heat with folk who turn out to have a season ticket next to your Da’ at Celtic Park. As luck would have it, the fixtures we had at that time were the 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid, the 4-2 defeat at Ibrox and the draw at Kilmarnock. I flew back to Glasgow after watching Cha laugh as he gave away the lead to Rennes in the Europa League. I had no idea what the final score was until I landed and I’ll be honest, at that point I didn’t know if Celtic would pick themselves up in time to make any kind of title challenge.
Celtic being Celtic then began a 24-game unbeaten domestic run. Who saw that one coming?
There are plenty of memorable moments from October to March. Most people would say Joe Ledley’s header against Rangers* that took us to the top of the league was their favourite, but remember Fraser Forster’s penalty save against Hearts a couple of weeks earlier? That one action gave us an extra couple of points that day, and I believe it was a massive, massive moment of the season.
Of course, our success in the league wasn’t repeated in the Scottish Cup or League Cup. We all know what happened and there’s no need to dwell on it, but it’s important to keep things in perspective. The majority of our playing and management team are rookies – and rookies make mistakes. They sure did make their share of mistakes and there’s a few members of the squad who will be playing football away from Celtic Park next season, but there’s a common feeling amongst the fans that there’s something special brewing inside this team, and I can see it too.
Tomorrow against Hearts I expect that we’ll see the strongest starting XI we have. No messing around or scraping a draw with this lot! I hope we grab an early goal and get the party started immediately. It’s a sell-out crowd and the atmosphere will be electric. It’s a special day for everyone connected with Celtic and we deserve to enjoy it. Make sure you do!
Lauren (twitter @Lauren_McClos and for podcast and website updates @TheLostBhoys & @HomeBhoys)
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