It was a dramatic day, at times traumatic but when the final whistle blew it was all smiles among the Celtic players and supporters.
For over a week we were told about the title challenge from Ibrox, Celtic’s lead was virtually down to three points before a ball had been kicked.
‘It’s the hope that kills them’ was the reassuring message among the hoops support but there were major concerns about the centre of the Celtic defence.
Those fears proved well founded but at every turn Celtic came up with the right answer- three points.
The team selection was spot on, Callum McGregor excelled standing in for Scot Sinclair with the midfield gelling perfectly to bring out the best- the goal threat- in Tom Rogic and Moussa Dembele.
Despite Willie Collum’s failure to apply the Laws of the Game, the constant shirt pulling and deliberate, late tackling Celtic held their discipline and stuck to their plan to zip the ball around with selective use of the long ball.
It all came together in the closing stages with Scott Bain, Jack Hendry and Odsonne Edouard excelling in their first experience of this fixture.
Onwards and upwards now for the hoops, the players and fans got a massive boost from the display. If that can be built on there are two more trophies ready to be claimed to make it another season to remember for the ‘vincibles’.