A 1-1 draw away to an on-form Hearts - a team who are in third spot in the league on merit - may yet turn out to be a point gained rather than two points dropped but looking around the various forums it seems that at this moment in time there are plenty of Celtic fans incapable of looking at the result as anything less than a total disaster.
Fortunately it's not all doom and gloom inside the dressing room and Gary Caldwell insists that confidence is still high and despite the lead at the top of the table being cut to a single point he says that the team still believe that they will win this title. Although some comfort may be drawn from the fact that the Huns have still to visit Tynecastle after the split Gary insists that what they do is, ultimately, irrelevant to him and his team-mates.
"It's always nervy near the end of the campaign but you have to deal with it,' said 'Heid'. "There is no chance of us not playing on the front foot and playing to win. We're going to go and try to win this league, not allow Rangers to hand us it. It's up to us to go and grasp it."
"I thought we did that against Hearts." added the defender, who played in his secondary midfield position in the first half of Saturday's game. "We were the team pushing on, throwing men forward, centre-halves and all, at 1-1. You leave yourself vulnerable, knowing you can lose a goal and lose the game."
"We just do our own job and don't worry about Rangers." he added. "We're still in front, that's the good thing to come out of the weekend. It was a three-point gap, it's now one. But if we win every game from now, we win the league. That's our aim, to win every game. It was tough against Hearts and, while we might have won with a bit of luck, we're not too disheartened with a point."
"It doesn't matter how well you're playing." continued the Celtic number 5. "What matters is points and only time will tell whether that was a good or bad point against Hearts. In the coming weeks, we will find out. But we believe we're playing well. In the last two home games we've played really well and, against Hearts, for spells we were under the cosh and had to dig in but we did that. Tynecastle is not an easy place to go and Rangers will have to go back there in the split. They will find it's a tough place to visit."
Celtic are at home to Aberdeen next Saturday in the last round of games before the top six split and they could be four points clear before the Huns take the field for their tough away tie at Easter Road on Sunday. Whatever happens nothing will be decided for a while yet and the Heid believes it could even go to the final day fixtures just like last season. "Nothing is going to be decided until the split." he said. "And the games then become really big because you are playing the top teams in the league. I don't think it will be decided until the very death. There is still a long way to go but we're still ahead in the table and we still believe we're going to win it."