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Celtic victory energises Scottish game

Chick Young | 23:30 UK time, Wednesday, 5 August 2009

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A standing ovation for Celtic. They have replaced stagger with swagger.

Falkirk's dismal attempt at gagging the Lichtenstein mouse that roared, coupled with the night Sigma Olomouc punched the Northern Lights out in Aberdeen left me ashen-faced with worry about the season ahead.

At least, whatever happens now, Scottish football is guaranteed European football until Christmas, courtesy of - as usual - the Old Firm.

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Managerial merry-go-round spins out of control

Chick Young | 13:49 UK time, Wednesday, 27 May 2009

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When you lose two battles, for you the war is over.

Gordon Strachan had no chance of carrying on at Celtic the moment Rangers embraced the championship. He had already lost huge swathes of the club's support.

Two falls, a submission or a knock-out will do it every time.

In truth, he was a heartbeat from chucking it all in 12 months earlier amid the frenzy of clinching his third consecutive title.

By the time Celtic had slumped on to the Champions League floor on a winter's night in the Danish town of Aalborg, I suspect he was already regretting his decision not to head over the horizon in a blaze of summer glory.

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In which direction will the helicopter head?

Chick Young | 15:19 UK time, Tuesday, 19 May 2009

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So what happens next? Don't ask me. I've been so far off the mark I couldn't tell you what day Christmas is this year.

The championship lead has been tossed about like seagulls in a storm. But it's going to find a haven this Sunday one way or another.

You can't say that the football provided by the Scottish Premier League this season has been Barcelona-esque, but it has been a ripping yarn. Never mind the quality, feel the thrill.

Before a ball was kicked, I tipped Celtic to win it and Inverness to be relegated.

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