COMMENT by John Reid
Celtic are on the verge of a feat unmatched in British football.
They are currently 62 games unbeaten in Scotland, a run which has taken in an entire league season, the Betfred Cup and Scottish Cup.
Avoiding defeat at St Johnstone on Saturday will see them set a new record of 63 games unbeaten. In anybody’s eyes, a remarkable achievement.
But it seems that the run hasn’t been celebrated as much as it should be, and the reason for that is the standing of Scottish football.
If this run had took place in England, we would be weighed down with articles and tributes.
Indeed, when Arsenal’s Invincibles went on their unbeaten run from 2003-2004, the praise was non-stop, and that team are still regarded as legends.
Sadly it looks like the only people who will be lauding Celtic’s new record – if it is broken – are Celtic fans. Unfortunately, Scottish football is looked upon as a bit of a joke at the moment.
Most of the teams crash out of Europe at an early stage – Rangers losing to a team from Luxembourg, of all places – the national team hasn’t qualified for a tournament since 1998 and only two teams have won the league title in the last 30 years.
Celtic are trying to improve the stature of Scottish football with performance like the one on Tuesday against Bayern – which still ended in a defeat – and possibly a good run in the Europa League will open a few eyes as how to how good this Celtic team can be.
But for the moment, it looks like the record books will show a great achievement that few people care about.
In other Celtic news, Kieran Tierney has pledged his future to Celtic