History shows that yesterday’s pre-season defeat means nothing in the long term

Yesterday’s defeat at the hands of Yokohama F Marinos has been met with the usual hysteria form an element of our support.

They really have to ask themselves, why? Yes, it’s never nice seeing your team suffer a defeat, but in the grand scheme of things it means nowt.

Remember Ange’s side being humbled 6-2 at Celtic Park by West Ham? Or Brendan’s Invincibles being beaten 4-0 at Celtic Park by Lyon? And guess what? Each time Celtic were crowned Champions the following seasons. There’s also a number of other examples of similar score lines in the past.

The thing is, it’s only a practice match, just getting fitness into the legs and trying out different formations etc. that’s the whole point of these games, it’s just an exercise nothing more. Peter Grant repeatedly made this point during the Celtic TV broadcast yesterday, recalling in his own playing career going up against lower league sides from Germany who had a few week’s more training in their legs and really struggling to handle the games in the early stages of pre-season.

Yesterday’s game was in an incredibly humid environment where most of the non-Japanese players had never been before.

If we go on to win the league, games such as yesterday’s are never remembered. And despite our comical defending, Celtic actually played quite well! They mean nothing. Time for folk to remember that. The purpose as it always is is to get the squad ready for the first game of the season and that’s against Ross County at the start of August.

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An ordinary everyday Celtic supporters hailing and still residing in Govan in the shadows of the enemy. I’m a season ticket holder. I Witnessed my first Celtic game in 1988 and have attended when I can ever since. Growing up in the 90s I witnessed Celtic at their lowest, and now appreciate the historic success we enjoy today. I enjoy writing about this wonderful football club and hopefully will continue to do so. I’ve always been a keen writer and initially started this a hobby. My ambition is to one day become as good an author as my fellow Celtic Star colleagues.

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