I am still blown away by our performance today.
It was clinical. It was masterful. It was ruthless.
A 9-0 victory away from home. Our biggest win for 12 years since we last beat Aberdeen 9-0 at Celtic Park.
It was the biggest away win in Scottish Premiership history and equalled the biggest win in the league’s history, with the other being that one I just referenced.
The sheer strength in quality we have in the current Celtic side is the best I can remember.
For example, Abada would have expected to start on the bench today, yet he started the game and scored a hat-trick and was awarded the Man of the Match.
Carl Starfelt would probably have expected to also start on the bench today due to the solid displays and goals from Moritz Jenz recently while Starfelt was battling back from injury, yet the big Swede started the match, kept a clean sheet and scored a cracking header to get our ninth and final goal of the game.
And this was with missing Giakoumakis from the squad through injury and new signing Sead Haksabanovic still to come into the team, and depending on how the last few days of the transfer window go, maybe another signing too.
I said before this season started that our rivals were forgetting about the terrible start we had to last season, losing three out of our first six matches, and then drawing the seventh, and that simply wouldn’t happen again this season.
We are already five games in, with five victories, a two point lead over Rangers and nine goals ahead of them.
Yet their fans don’t want to admit how good we are, that we are far better at this stage last season than we were last year.
They haven’t gotten a head start this time and it is very clear that they have now entered the first stage of grief. Denial.
‘Celtic keep winning because the other teams in the league simply aren’t trying again us. And they are fighting tooth and nail to get points off Rangers.’
‘Celtic are allowed to foul as much as we want and not get carded, whereas our opponents aren’t allowed to challenge against us for fear of being booked or sent off.’
‘Yes, Celtic won 9-0 but we didn’t look impressive and didn’t need to work for any of our goals. They were all simply handed to us on a plate.’
This is what their fan base has been saying this afternoon. I find it hilarious.
But I think I am going to enjoy them entering the second stage of grief, much, much more – anger.
And we could very well see the meltdown start next Saturday afternoon.