Stay Calm and Get it Right Fucking Up Them!

We were written off before a ball had even been kicked in anger. But Celtic had the last laugh and oh how manager Neil Lennon got it right fucking up them post-match.

Some so-called experts claimed that Alfredo Morelos would ‘have a field day’ against Celtic’s makeshift defence. That it would be a ‘comfortable Rangers win’. Everyone tipped Rangers to win and win comfortably given the results at Ibrox last season.

Celtic didn’t have a hope in hell of beating Rangers on their own patch in front of a partisan Rangers crowd with a meagre 800 fans looking on.

How wrong could they be.

The Scottish champions had lost both of their games at Ibrox last season, but Edouard’s first half goal and a late strike from Jonny Hayes seal a deserved win and all three points against a Rangers side that flattered to deceive.

Much had been said in the run up to the new season kicking off and even in the build up to Sunday’s derby game over the two sides summer transfer policy. How Rangers brought in quality and how Celtic’s defensive signings were struggling or had much to prove.

Nothing had been said about the £3.5 million Rangers flop Filip Helander firmly perched on subs bench as pundits across the outlets targeted Celtic’s makeshift defence with the likes of Jullien and Bolingoli still much to prove.

But despite not getting out of second gear, Celtic were more than capable of handling anything that Rangers threw at them. A Rangers side that was set out by Steven Gerrard to kill the game as a contest and slog it out with a more technically proficient and more creative Celtic side.

In fact, Rangers troubled Celtic keeper Fraser Forster so little that he could have taken a seat among the 800 fans in the away end and watched the game unfold. That is testament to the character, the drive, the determination and the fight shown by Celtic’s defence and those in front of them.

For all of his faults and the criticism levelled against him over the exit to Cluj in the Champions League, Neil Lennon must take the plaudits for Sunday’s win along with his players. Surely now it must silence many of his critics even within the Celtic support?

Once again, Celtic have done their talking on the pitch unlike Rangers. Their players, their poodles in the press and their fans wrote off Celtic, wrote off the new signings, wrote off any hope of Celtic winning the game - but once again the Scottish champions have rammed down all talk of ‘Going for 55’ down their throat and made them eat humble pie.

The expressions on the faces of the Rangers directors at full time quite clearly showed that despite spending millions to close the gap on Celtic, the gap isn’t as close as they think it is and their attempts to win the title this season at all costs - could prove very costly to not only the Rangers management team but also the club as a whole.

They have no banking facility, they have no rich investor willing to plough tens of millions into the club, even they are loathe to spend their own cash now and have converted the monies owed to them to shares diluting the current shareholding and giving Dave King overall control with no one in a position to stop him.

There will be no third revolution for Gerrard at Ibrox. If he fails to win the title this season he is gone. Forget about the League Cup or the Scottish Cup - the Rangers fans want the league. They’ve wanted it since they tupe’d over from the rotting corpse of Rangers 1872. They may exact revenge in the next derby game at Ibrox, but will Gerrard be there?

The horde believed come Christmas they would be sitting pretty top of the table and that Neil Lennon would be sacked. There is now more chance of Celtic being top of the table come Christmas and Gerrard gone. A second season without any silverware to celebrate will have devastating consequences for Gerrard. His dream isn’t to manage Rangers, it is to manage his beloved Liverpool - failing at Rangers would ultimately be the death knell for the faint glimmer of him getting the Anfield job many years from now. And he has no chance of becoming England manager. They MUST win the title this season otherwise Celtic will not only secure their ninth title in a row, but they will march on to their tenth with relative ease.

But I am getting ahead of myself.

Celtic still have much work to do in terms of strengthening the team, with left back Greg Taylor set to sign today and there’s talk of Victor Wanyama returning to Celtic - a signing [even on a loan deal] that would almost certainly boost Celtic retaining their title credentials further.

The league is far from over, but the overhyped Rangers side that was supposedly going to make Celtic look bang average was nothing special. They have spent big once again and have shown that despite bringing in a plethora of players not one of them would make the Celtic match day squad let alone the starting eleven.

Rangers’ so-called £20 million striker remained on the bench and when he did make an appearance he did little more than fire three yards wide of the Celtic goal, stamp on Jullien’s foot and kick Scott Brown up the arse.

That’s the difference between a striker who thinks and is told he is world-class to one who just gets on with the job he is paid to do and is world class - bought for £9 million from PSG, Odsonne Edouard is looking every bit of a £20 million striker and then some. While Alfredo Morelos can’t buy a goal against Celtic and is desperate to leave Rangers, despite the fact no other club in their right mind would have anything to do with the Colombian thug.

And then there is captain fantastic. Without a dodgy penalty to be taken, Tavernier produces very little when faced with real competition. He is a captain in name only, unlike Brown. Brown was written off just as Celtic were, but he once more fired himself up, he made amends for the last two derby games at Ibrox. He got stuck in and wasn’t phased at all on the big stage. He schooled the supposedly superior Rangers midfield and what a pretty sight it was indeed.

The international break is now upon us, but when the league action restarts Celtic face a trip to Hamilton - and a chance to continue our 100% winning start to this league campaign.

Write Celtic off at your peril. Celtic were disrespected by all coming into this game and now it looks like we are one step closer to nine in a row.

As for those hacks - including the hurting Mark McDougall - get it right fucking up you!