But therein lies the conundrum that Celtic and their fans face. Always good enough to finish first or second in the SPL (and God forbid if they're not), never good enough to get past the the first knockout round in the Champions League (although simply making it that far should still be looked on as an accomplishment for a team like Celtic).
I find it interesting because they're a team that has global support and is near the top of list in most hits/responses in SoSH's soccer forum, yet one's expectations (for good or bad) can pretty much be locked in from season to season. Obviously the Irish/Scottish diaspora and sectarian rivalry with Rangers are the main reason for their popularity, so I know why it's there, but as an American it does get somewhat frustrating because there is no variance in the final result, and if there is, it can only be for the worse (finishing lower than second in the SPL). Some parity would be nice.
But for me, I've never found that following Celtic is strictly about the soccer anyway, which is good: if it were, I doubt I'd bother, given my relative ignorance of the game, the limited access/ability to watching live matches on TV, and the mostly pre-ordained outcome of each season.
Just some food for thought, perhaps others want to share during the downtime that is summer.
Edited by The Allented Mr Ripley, 05 June 2008 - 12:21 PM.