‘Relentless’ Celtic to TCB, ‘Take Care of Business’ – Niall J’s Elvis-themed Premiership Preview

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When Elvis Presley returned to live concerts in 1969 he did so with the TCB band.

The TCB Band was a group of musicians who formed the core rhythm section of Elvis Presley’s band from August 1969 until his death in 1977.

Elvis and the band all had the letters tattooed alongside a lightning bolt. It’s on much of their artwork and on the jewellery they wore at the time.

Elvis Presley didn’t try to tell “the world” that “TCB” meant anything other than the meaning it had for him personally. It was just a favoured Motto he had for himself that stood for: “Taking care of Business” The lightning bolt that accompanies the three letters of “TCB” represents: “In a flash”

All a bit Three Musketeers I guess but it was a motto they stood behind together, much like the Band of Brothers alluded to earlier this week in an article on The Celtic Star.

Get the job done, get it done quickly and we are all in it together. All for one and one for all.

Given the tough conditions Celtic as a side have faced this season, from the atrocious injury record to the downright awful refereeing decisions they have faced it’s something that springs to mind about our Celtic side as they go in battle weary, strapped up and running on fumes. It’s time to stay together, show we will not break. Players and fans United. Ready to take care of business.

Tonight at home to a Hibs side in flux is massive. It’s an opportunity against a side who when we have faced previously under the recently ‘mutually consented’ Neil Lennon have given us the odd doing and always a run for our money.

McGregor, Brown and Rodgers applaud the Celtic support after the defeat at Easter Road back in December.

Tonight however is different.

This Hibs team are between managers, dressing room harmony must have been damaged and quite frankly to all intents and purposes we should be taking care of business and quickly.

A glance at our challengers fixtures tonight also show that opportunity knocks.

The Govan Twelve (team plus Madden) face a tricky task under the lights mid-winter at Pittodrie. McInnes has built a strong side. Physical and willing to scrap for every inch of territory and not without a creative threat to compliment the brawn in the likes of former Celt Gary Mackay-Steven.

They do have a couple of key injury concerns in Lewis and Cosgrove but Lewis in particular is sure to play as a cut above an eye is unlikely to stop a goalkeeper from returning to the fray.

Cosgrove had a back spasm and was substituted against Hibs but you’d think at the very least the inform marksman will be risked to start with so much at stake.

We all know it may not be a level playing field. We know there may be attempt to match the world record of 5 penalties awarded, but should all things actually be legit (we do have ‘Suspicious Minds’) this should be a close encounter.

At the very least a blow awaits at least one challenger. If you’re having a bet I’d say a draw smacks of value so both drop two points.

Kilmarnock meanwhile travel to Dens Park to face a Dundee side who seem to have improved lately under a proper manager in Jim McIntyre. They have a flux of new faces trying to impress their new boss and the home support.

This is interesting. Killie are off their Astroturf comfort blanket and on the back of a defeat to a Hearts side who more than dished out some physicality to their hosts last Friday. Their draw at Pittodrie in the game before that, while a good result, means that they have dropped five points from six since beating the Rangers 2-1 at Rugby Park.

How will Kilmarnock react to that defeat to Hearts? History tends to show they react strongly but this is a Dundee side who seem to have some desire again, they look more organised and have picked up results. They are still striving for consistency but they’ll fancy themselves at home to get something.

Our other so-called challenger is Hearts and they are home to Livingston. Any of the supporters attending Tynecastle would do well to take some Ibuleve gel in their coat pocket. Neck strain is likely and the turf may well remain immaculate after the 90 minutes as most of this encounter will be contested as the ball drops from the sky.

Not sure how this will go. Common-sense says Hearts with their main protagonists back from injury would be the favourites and Livi have dropped the ball since the winter break, but given the downright honest endeavour that Livingston provide and given they’ve beaten the Rangers and Hearts already this season it may not be the penalty kick the Gorgie support are likely to be expecting.

Despite all of that it’s down to us. We need to get back to Brendan’s buzz word of previous seasons. Relentless.

Let’s get this finished early. Let’s get it done by half-time. Let the Sky Sports half time ticker tape showing we’re a couple of goals to the good pile on the pressure as rivals manoeuvring tricky waters in their second 45’s.

TCB..When we do share a playlist with a less fortunate friend. I’ll let Elvis start you off.

‘Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall’, ‘Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain’, ‘How Can You Lose What You Never Had’.

Tonight is the real chance to pile on the pressure. ‘I Just Can’t Help Believin’

Niall J

Also on The Celtic Star today…

Bad Blood in the Boardrooms! The reason Scott Allan is not playing for Hibs tonight?

‘That puts a smile on my face,’ Celtic legend Scott Brown

Anthony Ralston’s ‘not been hurt’ but got a ‘huge fright’ in car crash near Lennoxtown

Jim Craig – Celtic’s top star Pat Crerand sold to Man Utd for just £56k

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