Aberration – a departure from what is normal, usual, or expected, typically an unwelcome one.

I decided to take a trip down the rabbit hole to Sevconia yesterday on my way home from work.

As I had listened to all of the Celtic podcasts available in the aftermath of the cup, I decided, for the first time, to listen to the Hand and Heart podcast, led by David Edgar.

On many occasions, I’ve heard that this man can descend into being a vile individual, as evidenced by a clip from him in one of Joe McHugh’s recent blogs over on Videocelts.

Joe’s clip piqued my interest, so I decided to see for myself.

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Joe had also listened to this podcast and he picked up on a few things, but something stood out to me on it and I’m not sure the contributor who said it actually fully realised what he was saying.

Upon first listening, the podcast seems relatively normal, not much different to listening to one of our own.

In fact, if truth be told, it was refreshingly honest at some points.

Edgar had a contributor on the podcast named Martin Ramsey.

It was what Ramsey came out with during the podcast that became the premise of this article.

So before I actually go into detail on what he said, I will refer to the definition of “aberration”, which I opened the article with.

Abbreviated, it is an unwelcome departure from the norm.

Simple, yes?

So when Martin Ramsey came out with this statement, my jaw dropped slightly and I wondered if I was hearing things:

But until that happens,( in reference to a squad over-haul ) we’re not, and I wrote about this the other week, we’re not quite ourselves yet, y’know? We haven’t been, 20/21 was eh, ah, a much needed, a much wanted, em, victory. But, it’s looking like an aberration.

It’s looking like an aberration.

Once again, I have to wonder if Ramsey actually meant what he said?

Because if he did, he is openly admitting that what happened that season was an unwelcome departure from the norm.

Unwelcome for who?


Or us?

Well, I’ll be the first to admit it was a very unwelcome departure from the norm for us.

But for them, if that was a departure from the norm, what does Ramsey define as the norm?

Is he openly admitting that Celtic winning all the time in Scotland is the norm?

Because that’s what I’m reading from his statement.

You’re welcome to challenge me on that if you want, but I think I’ve explained it pretty clearly.

So effectively, what we have here, is a well know Ibrox podcaster admitting that Celtic dominating in Scotland is the norm.

I’ll put it this way, I knew us winning the cup on Sunday would deliver a bitter blow to them in terms of progress, but this?

I never expected total capitulation.

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Whether Ramsey knows it or not, he is capitulating.

He’s admitting that they cannot compete with us and he’s also admitting that the Covid Championship win was something completely out of the ordinary.

Which we all know it was.

A confluence of events came together and created the perfect storm and they were the ones to weather it.

We were the ones to sink.

But not only did they weather it, they consumed copious amounts of caffeine to give them the extra edge on everybody.

You talk to most players who competed against them in that season, and they’ll tell you they couldn’t lay a glove on them.

Gerrard was totally aware of what Liverpool had done the previous season and he bought into it.

But here’s the thing, it can only be done for one season.

Because if you do it for two consecutive seasons, you risk your players developing heart problems.

Notice how Liverpool completely fell away in the 2020/21 season and how they didn’t have any where near the edge required to beat City that season?

Liverpool won the title in 2020 by 18 points.

The following season, they came third, 17 points behind City and scored 30 less points.

Are you getting the picture now?

The Ibrox club amassed 102 points during the Covid season, were undefeated, and finished 25 points clear of Celtic.

The following season, they finished 4 points behind Celtic, but scored 12 less points than the previous season.

Which is to be expected in a less competitive league.

So when Martin Ramsey says it was an aberration, he is 100% correct.

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But there is a reason it was and it wasn’t just down to our complete collapse.

The impact of Sunday’s win has had a devastating effect on the Ibrox club and in Edgar’s podcast, you get the feeling they’re trying to come to terms with it.

It is further compounded by the fact they gilded the lily before Sunday, including Edgar himself, with his pre-match rant, when he frothed at the mouth and said they would f*** us at Hampden.

I hate to break it to Edgar and his mates, it’s only going to get harder from here on out.

But it’s refreshing to know that they accept 2021 was a deviation from the norm and that they understand the norm is a dominant Celtic.

Have a listen to the podcast yourself.

I’m drowning in hun tears.

But it feels oh so good…..