Paddy Kelly says the ills of a struggling campaign last season will form a constant reminder in the drive for consistency this term — as he prepares his wee Hoops for tonight’s clash with Ballymena United at Celtic Park.
Celtic tormented United last season with two league victories in Ballymena but the club’s home form left a lot to be desired.
Only an impressive late rally ensured survival for Celtic. But already this season things are looking up.
And the boss hopes to convince stay-away fans that the time is right to get behind his team.
He said: “I understand the frustrations of supporters who opted out of coming to games last season because we played so poorly at home.
“Most of our bad results came in midweek games and I think that showed that the players were not mentally and physically disciplined — and it is well-publicised that I had a right go at them last season.
“But this time the team is different; the players behave and think different. I honestly believe they are on the verge of doing something special for the club and the community.”
Elsewhere, Lisburn Distillery have the opportunity to climb above Cliftonville in the table with a win at Ballyskeagh.