Date: 31st October 2020 at 10:37am
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Three years ago no Scottish club had ever won a back-to-back treble.

Yesterday BBC Scotland ran an article questioning whether winning a fourth treble mattered to Celtic!

In the week that Neil Lennon took much of the Scottish media to task over their lack of respect for Celtic’s achievements the view from the state broadcaster captured the mood perfectly.

Martin Watt of BBC Scotland explains:

Celtic head to Hampden on their worst run of form in six years, with Thursday’s 2-2 draw against Lille a fourth game without victory.

That sequence – which began with a chastening 2-0 derby defeat by Rangers – has left them six points behind their Old Firm rivals, albeit having played a game fewer. That gap could be nine by the time they are next in league action.

The pressure has been ramped up in the all-consuming quest for title number 10 and Lennon this week went public with his dissatisfaction at “media driven” hysteria over Celtic’s form.

It seems that self-awareness is a casualty within the bubble that BBC Scotland operates within. Turning constantly to Neil McCann, Billy Dodds, Charlie Adam and Steven Naismith for opinions seems to be having an impact.

Prior to 2017 Celtic had won three trebles. During Jock Stein’s glorious era where Celtic were among the top six teams in Europe for almost a decade they only managed two domestic trebles.

Europe will always be the benchmark to measure Celtic side’s but consistently overcoming honest mistakes in cup ties is a fantastic achievement.

Scottish Cup semi-finals were lost in ridiculous circumstances in 2012 and 2015. If Neil Lennon’s side overcome Aberdeen tomorrow and lift the 2020 trophy it will be celebrated fully- if grudgingly from those inside BBC Scotland with their media driven hysteria.

Whenever Celtic’s winning run ends you can be certain it will be charted and celebrated by the state broadcaster.