They’d rather complain about ‘Weakest League in 20 years’ than praise Celtic

Celtic is on course to break all sorts of records this season, but where is the praise? It’s hard to find in the mainstream media, although admitted not on the Celtic fan media.

For a perfect example, watch this video where Tam McManus complains about it being the weakest top flight in twenty years. Looking back that was in 2003 when Celtic had the likes of Henrik Larsson in the team that reached the UEFA Cup Final in Seville beating Liverpool and many other top sides on the way and still coming out of the domestic season empty-handed. That must have been the weak league that McManus is on about!

Celtic’s four goal blitz at Rugby Park on Sunday took our tally of league goals to 102. That’s outstanding and doesn’t get the attention it deserves in the SMSM.

When you think of the Scottish top flight record, which is incidentally held by ourselves when Brendan Rodgers invincibles chalked up an impressive 106 goals in 2016/17, it’s even more remarkable, considering we still have seven games remaining. The total of 105 under Martin O’Neill’s talented side of 2003/04 is also going to be obliterated. That will be some achievement.

Celtic will no doubt smash both records when you consider we are averaging around three goals a game. It’s a staggering amount. One that’s barely whispered about in the media. It’s disrespectful but not surprising. If it were the blue side of Glasgow it would be nationally praised and shouted from the rooftops by the same media.

131 goals in 45 competitive matches in all competitions this season. The goals have been scored by 21 different players and only 9 coming from the penalty spot, that’s impressive numbers, no matter the level of football you play at.

Celtic is on course for a historic and monumental achievement, a goalscoring record and possible record points total. We’ve been playing some of the best football witnessed on these shores for years, yet all we listen or read about is how poor the standard of the league is. Time for some deserved recognition. I’ll not hold my breath.

JustAnOrdinaryBhoy – follow on Twitter @ordinarybhoy

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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.


  1. Rob O’Keeffe on

    Being honest,the standard of the teams in the Premier League,Celtic excluded obviously,is utter rubbish. Most weeks,teams camp in and invite Celtic to attack which they always do. If you removed Celtic from the League,the 11 year old entity would cruise to the title. It is sad but true with coaches losing their jobs on a regular basis only to get a gig at one of the other wee diddy clubs. Unfortunately,players won’t hang around for many years,with a few exceptions,to play shootie in most weeks.

  2. Thomas Davidson on

    Your correspondent should have checked with the better informed David Potter, who would have told him that Celtic’s record for goals scored in the course of the league season is 116.

  3. Correspondent should also checked Scottish League records. The record number of goals scored in the top flight is 132 which Hearts achieved in 1958. And that was over only 34 games. Can’t see that being beaten even over 38 games. Also I think he may have misunderstood what Tam McManus was saying. He wasn’t saying the 2003 team was weak. In fact I took it to be the opposite. What he was saying that in the last 20 years the standard in Scotland has been falling. And I think he is correct. You just have to look at performance of Scottish clubs in Europe. Also the points gap between us and the third placed team. The fact that the opposition is poor doesn’t mean though that Celtic are poor. We can only play what is in front of us. I am enjoying our style of play under Ange but I will be judging our progress based on how we perform in Europe rather than records made in Scotland.

  4. Jamie McGauley on

    In the mid nineties. When Murray was spending money his club never had. There was no complaints about the strength of the league then.

    The 70s saw league reconstruction from 2 leagues to 3 because Celtic done 9 In a row, stating the same reason reason as in your article today strength and meaningless games.

    Comon the Celts