The SPFL premiership started a few weeks ago and Celtic are already on top on goal difference from St Johnstone and Aberdeen.
In the same period, our closest perceived rivals Rangers have lost more points than they have won gaining a poor 4 from 9.
Last weekend with last nights Champions League match pending, Celtic played a largely second string set of players and still comfortably overcame Kilmarnock by two goals.
Does anyone doubt that this Celtic juggernaut will continue?
The bookmakers certainly don’t and have reduced their odds on Celtic winning the league accordingly with best odds dropping from 1/8 on to 1/33 on. In percentage terms, a poor 12.5% return has now dropped to meagre 3.33% return and not worth the money.
Essentially, the bookmakers are saying that it’s all over already.
What is worth noting in the numbers that Aberdeen are now second favourites, with Rangers best return increasing to 25/1 from 20/1 before the league started.
To put things in perspective, I’m a Celtic fan, I love my club for more than football, it’s not about 22 men chasing a ball round a park, it’s bigger than that.
It’s about rivalry, about historic repression, being the underdog, standing up to bigotry and not letting the establishment club or its supporters regard us as second class citizens.
Football is just the medium in which that message is expressed.
And bhoy have we expressed it.
Celtic are better run, better managed, more financially astute and generate much more revenue than any other team in Scotland.
But let’s not be arrogant, it’s not our way. 20 years ago that arrogance eminated from the other side of Glasgow. They thought they were untouchable, they spoke of floating pitches, world class hotels and casino complexes.
It was all moonbeams.
They reality was that they refused to pay their social taxes and look where they are now, in a box in a liquidators office going through the process of stripping the last flesh from their rotting carcass.
It’s quite sad really.
Even worse is that the new entity which purchased those assets are a shadow of the former club.
My Rangers supporting friends don’t care about administration, liquidation, assets etc. They just want to put their fingers in their ears and support the team in blue that plays out of Ibrox.
I get that, they want the joy, they pay their season ticket and support their team.
But they don’t want to think about finances, management or governance. That’s someone else’s responsibility.
That attitude is why their club was liquidated and why they are in their current predicament.
Meanwhile, I miss them, I don’t miss their songs of hatred, but I miss a genuine rivalry. I miss the banter with my mates and the excitement of playing our closest rivals knowing that we could lose.
Actually I don’t miss them, it’s the genuine challenge that I miss.
Sport is meant to be competitive and winning the SPFL without it is pretty dull and not good for Celtic or the other clubs who are more restricted financially.
Do I have a solution?
Not really, Celtic is a big club in a small pond but we can only play what’s in front of us.
The EPL would provide a challenge but they don’t want us.
The Champions League provides our only real challenge and we look like plucky minnows compared with other giant clubs with huge tv revenues.
Thankfully we made the group stages again this year, generating an additional £35 million in revenue and increasing the gulf between Celtic and the other Scottish clubs.
That gulf is only going to keep getting bigger and the following thought occurred to me.
Back in March 1994 when Fergus McCann, John Keane and others saved the club from being foreclosed by the Bank Of Scotland, Brian Dempsey famously stood on the steps at Celtic Park and proclaimed that “The Rebels had won”.
The rebels have won, but at what cost when you’ve outgrown all other clubs and killed the SPFL as a competition.
For Celtic and for the good of Scottish Football we need to find a different challenge.