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Hoops fans too busy sulking to relish success.

Byline: Michael Gannon @SUNDAYMAILSPORT

It has been a weird old season. Celtic fans are celebrating a title win like a stroppy teenager who gets a dud pair of Hi-Tec gutties for their birthday instead of the Nike Air Max they'd circled in the catalogue.

Come on sulking Celts. Lighten up a bit.

It's a Premiership crown. It's the fifth in a row. It's only the third time in the club's history they've racked up five on the spin.

Celtic are half way to a perfect 10 that would never be topped.

Yet a huge chunk of Hoops punters are going around with their faces tripping them.

Of course it hasn't been a vintage year. Some of the football on show has been as much fun to see as being forced to watch Made in Chelsea with your eyelids forced open, Clockwork Orange style.

But it could be a lot worse. Some moping Celtic fans are either too young to buy a pint legally or have memories like gold fish.

Here's a few names to chuck at them: Carl Muggleton, Wayne Biggins, Tony Cascarino, Stuart Slater, Lou Macari, Terry Cassidy and the Hampden season.

Ghosts of Christmas Past that have haunted Hoops fans for decades.

And this is a crisis? there Some folk could do with a stumble down Memory Lane to see what it was really like to be a Celtic fan.

Never mind the spoiled brats of 2016, the punters deserved medals for surviving the dross they were served up a couple of decades ago.

Fan boycotts, a crumbling relic of a ground, a succession of diddies who shamed the shirt.

Back then the Hoops faithful could only dream about stumbling over the line to a title.

No one is saying everything is hunky dory. Celtic have not been good enough too often this season. They've made a meal of a weak top flight and a total hash of Europe.

But even so, there has to be some perspective.

It's all right saying Celtic should be romping it without Rangers around. They have.

But it didn't work that way when it was the other way around.

In the early 1990s Celtic might have been in the same division as their old rivals but they were not in the same league.

The Parkhead club finished outwith the top two in six of the nine-in-a-row years. They ended up fourth twice. It wasn't until Fergus McCann chucked his bunnet into the ring that they could muster anything resembling a challenge.

That was real suffering. Not drawing 1-1 with Ross County to go nine clear with four games to go.

Some folk need to get a grip.

The Scottish Cup defeat to Rangers was a sore one - but it happens. Celtic managed to stick one on the Ibrox side now and again when Gers were on top.

It's maybe about time Celtic fans started looking on the bright side and dropped the petted lip routine.

Ultimately Ronny Deila wasn't up to it and a new man will be charged with sticking a rocket under the place.

when will Peter Lawwell's experiment hasn't worked but the outcome could've been worse.

There's plenty other clubs who'd love a bit of what Celtic have had this last couple of seasons.

Winning the league has become par for the course. But it's still a big deal coming out on top over 38 games even if you have a budget more than the rest of the league combined.

So Celtic should enjoy the success, even if it has been a slog to get there.

Fast forward a couple of years.

A new manager has led the side to six, seven or eight - do you think it will matter to fans how they heck they got there in 2016?

Of course not.

Rangers will be a threat next term, along with Aberdeen and Hearts. But Celtic remain dominant in Scottish football for now.

There will be a time in years to come when these will be viewed as the good old days.

It's about time some Celtic fans turned those frowns upside down and started appreciating it.

There will be a time in future when these will be viewed as the good old days

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 1, 2016
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