Date: 27th December 2018 at 9:55am
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Deep in darkest Lanarkshire, Newarthill to be precise, there is a bear with a very sore head. And a classic entry to The Banter Years part IIX.

The heady days of Tynecastle at the start of the month must seem a lifetime away as Newarthill Bear ‘looks forward’ to Saturday’s derby match.

Within a couple of hours of ’s Tynecastle celebrations Celtic lifted the Betfred Cup but that mattered little to the gullible as they eyed up further glory in the month ahead as their living nightmare finally came to an end. The demise of Selik has been long predicted and wished for from the Co-op loan to Breeze-block Towers with poised to join Fulham/ Aston Villa/Newcastle/ Anyone.

Three days later reality visited Ibrox with a 1-0 win for Aberdeen who played the majority of the match with ten men.

Celtic’s progress has been far from faultless but there is a backbone of resilience and that rare winning mentality inside Brendan Rodgers’ squad. Fir Park and Easter Road yielded a miserable one point out of six but yesterday at Pittodrie when Celtic flexed their muscle the strain was felt at Ibrox.

Their players know it, the fans know it and as he constantly slates the players Steven Gerrard also knows it as well.

A fifth successive Celtic win at Ibrox will plunge more than yer man in Newarthill into the depths of despair, 2019 looks like being another year of misery for Graeme Murty as he dreads that phone call, again.