On the day that the Scottish footballing fixture list for the season was released, Old Firm fans got but a taste of the madness which is to unfold in the coming months ahead.
Still in relative lockdown, with no idea when fans will be coming back, the Scottish game’s ability to draw out corruption, conspiracy and drama remains like no other.
But whether the fact the first Old Firm game of the season was randomly generated into the final available slot for the first round of fixtures or not is bye-the-bye.
It’s Celtic’s apparent desperation to get fans into that match and to postpone it for as long as possible which is perhaps most revealing.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon pleaded with the authorities to push the first Old Firm fixture as far back as possible in order to get Celtic fans into the match.
“Should the first Old Firm game be pushed back? I think that’s what everyone would want,” said Lennon [Scottish Sun].
“Everyone associated with the game would want that and the clubs would want that.
“I’m sure it would suit the TV companies as well.”
Neil Lennon got his wish.
It’s actually impossible to say whether or not the fixture would’ve been placed here if it was Ibrox, even if many Rangers fans have been left frustrated with what they see as a “corrupt” executive.
The backdrop of dodgy voting scandals and allegations of bullying and coercion certainly don’t help the SPFL’s case.
But Celtic wanted this so badly because they know just how big a threat Rangers are to them achieving their straw clutchingly-desperate claims of 10IAR.
The Ibrox side dominated Celtic on the park last season, even if our rivals won two of the three matches.
The first – a tactical, less traditionally gung-ho display from Celtic – was a perhaps unexpected sign of Neil Lennon’s respect for the ability in Steven Gerrard’s squad.
Most didn’t see it coming – Gerrard certainly didn’t.
The second, in the Betfred Cup Final, Rangers were completely dominant and ran Celtic ragged, but lacked the mental strength to wrestle a trophy from our rival’s grasp.
The final one, complete domination on enemy turf and an iconic victory we’d rather be looking back on with more celebration.
There’s a feeling we got ahead of ourselves after that but proved then who the better side is on their day.
There has been no Celtic side yet who have dominated Rangers under the management of Steven Gerrard.
More often than not the Ibrox club have been the better side.
If Rangers can find consistency against the other teams in the division and get that added strength in depth Celtic have they can absolutely dominate this league and win the title.
Neil Lennon, Celtic, and somewhere deep down in their support, they know this – and they need all the help they can get.