Not since September have I found myself in this situation; it feels strange, and due to the amount of time that has passed since this occurred I feel a little out of practice writing like this…
I am of course talking about the eagerly anticipated return of the blog – I can still label it ‘eagerly anticipated’ even if only one pal has jokingly pestered me about when “are you going to get off your lazy arse and start writing again,” right? (Danny, this one’s for you)
Anyway, back to football, what a season it has been in Brendan Rodgers inaugural year as Celtic boss. The lift the entire club has been given, the football we have played at times, the sheer calibre of our manager and the level some of our players are performing at is magnificent. Everything surrounding the club is glowing right now.
Even in Europe, where we appeared completely out of depth and awestruck by the opposition in our first match, we grew as a team and began to show indications that next season, with some luck in the draws (qualifying and hopefully the group stage), we may be at a level to compete and push for a last 16 place, if not, a Europa League spot.
I made it very clear last year that I was a fan of our previous manager, but things got to a stage where the apathetic nature at the club demanded a changed. We now have a manager in control of all footballing matters; from recruitment, to dietitians. Not only that, but Brendan Rodgers man management skills are at level amongst the best in Europe. Players who appeared uninterested, lacking any confidence, or simply on their last legs, have been re-energised this season. And some of our signings have proven to be inspired ones.
The reason for my lack of activity these past months is that in September of last year I decided to take the, perhaps crazy, decision to move to Wrocław, a city in South-West Poland, and begin studying for an MA in Journalism. It was quite a spontaneous move and around 10 days after submitting my application for the course I found myself boarding the plane with my one-way ticket.
Now you may think a sports blog would be the perfect way to practice your written skills whilst studying Journalism. And of course you would be correct. But as you settle into life in a new country… Discover that a beer can cost as little as 80p, it can become difficult to find the time to sit down and write again.
This season has been inspiring in Glasgow, and I hope that now that I have settled into something of a routine (only taking advantage of that beer price a few times a week these days) that this brief sabbatical from the blog will be over… I mean, I’m sure the 10 or so people who read this will be dying to hear more of my nonsense opinions on all things Celtic.
Oh yes, and while we may have dropped points in the league for the first time since September, and it may have felt bad on Sunday considering we appeared to sink close to the level of the opposition. The wild celebrations from the club across the city at their 1-1 ‘victory’ were enough to lighten my mood and a reminder of how lucky we truly are… Though perhaps not as lucky as the Sevco fan who managed to go home with star-man Bobby Madden’s jersey as he launched it into the crowd.
After a slight slip up, I’m certain that minds will now be refocused. Brendan wouldn’t allow it any other way.
The party is just about to get started.