Let me get this straight. We had an absolutely crazy period of games through December so we could have a winter break. Then after that winter break is done and the snow arrives, we have another crazy period of games?
You really have to wonder about the people that run our game sometimes. Mainly wonder how they’re still in a job. Take Stewart Regan.
No really, take him. He’s a complete waste of space and an embarrassment to our game. That takes some doing, because we have had many embarrassments over the years.
You have to hand it to the Scottish FA. When Derek McInnes turned down the job at Ibrox after weeks of speculation and an almost constant effort by the media to get him to leave Aberdeen, I didn’t think anyone could be that pathetic.
But no, somehow the SFA managed to make trying to get Michael O’Neill to leave how current job and replace Gordon Strachan even more of a farce. I’m pretty sure Maurice Johnston feels more loved in Glasgow than Michael O’Neill did at Hampden. No wonder he stayed where he is.
Anyway, the good news for us is there this scheduled fixture pile up didn’t become an unscheduled fixture pile up elsewhere. Had the Edinburgh Derby gone to a replay, next week’s fixture against Hearts would have been postponed.
Fortunately for us, Hearts got a late winner and they won’t happen. But more on that next week.
This week we have our next Scottish Cup opponents. Having routinely dispatched Brechin City, another home tie was drawn for us, this time against our city rivals Partick Thistle. Tonight though, we’re away from home and a return to the place where Olivier Ntcham got the only goal of the game back in August.
We only played then a little over a month ago too, when goals from Stuart Armstrong and Kieran Tierney were enough to give us another derby win. Although our last derby finished a draw, it was a goalless one and we are yet to concede a derby goal in four fixtures so far. Hopefully that continues tonight.
It’s hard to tell if the winter break did us any good yet. When you start a game with 49 passes and a goal before your opponents have even touched the ball, and then add a second soon thereafter, you’re always going to coast to victory – especially against a team bottom of the second tier with just a single win to their name all season. Thistle will be a more difficult prospect.
Clearly Thistle won their cup tie at the weekend to be in the draw to face us, a, 2-1 victory away to Queen of the South. But prior to the winter break, Thistle had done enough to lift themselves off the foot of the table too. They’ll be hoping not to return there any time soon.
It was a 2-0 victory at home to Ross County that did that, with County replacing them at the foot of the table. Although they had lost narrowly to Aberdeen prior to that, they had also beaten Hamilton Accies just after losing to us at Celtic Park.
Thistle needed that as they were starting to get cut adrift. The bottom of the table is now pretty tight, with Thistle just six points away from the top six. They were in this same position last season and managed to make the split, so don’t put it past them doing that again!
But we have our own goals too. The eight point gap at the top of the table is good, but with the teams immediately below us facing each other this midweek it’s the perfect opportunity to move ourselves away from them. We only have to win tonight to know one if not both of those teams will slip further behind.
After that, we’ll hopefully have some revenge to take out on the two teams from Edinburgh.
Krys (Twitter @krys1888)