The drawbridge was pulled up at Celtic Park by bleak necessity - but it was a tantalising taste of old days as Rangers stormed the defences, extending their lead at the top of the Premiership with a surprisingly comfortable victory in yesterday's Old Firm clash.
Without engaging a cursory glance into his family history, I'm not sure if James Tavernier is a seventh son of a seventh son - but the Rangers captain is certainly possessed by special powers at the moment.
From a public relations perspective, the last few weeks in Scottish football have been a shocker. Some even argue this is simply the latest chapter of an ongoing process of downgraded product and ambition.
The celebrations, by way of both necessity and circumstance, were muted. However, following a long trawl and what was an anxious wait for Celtic, a ninth successive league title has been declared to the Parkhead club.
From their respective, well-appointed bases in Dubai, Rangers and Celtic will be taking a period of respite and warm-weather training to prepare for the next phase of their title battle - and both teams are expected to address growing wishes.
From shouldering the wheel on a Belfast building site eight years ago to being a trusted lieutenant of Marcelo Bielsa at the heart of the Leeds United resurrection, the narrative of Stuart Dallas is an ongoing source of intrigue.
Northern Ireland face a tough Euro 2020 qualifier against Germany in Frankfurt on Tuesday night - but Netherlands ace Ryan Babel insists Michael O'Neill's men have the potential to upset the Group C leaders in their final fixture.
It's official: Ronald Koeman has sent his apologies, albeit slightly guarded. In the weeks following the corresponding Euro 2020 qualifying clash, when the Netherlands head coach had a scare in Rotterdam before emerging with a very late, and crucial, 3-1 victory, frustration across the Northern Ireland squad has rankled at his negative judgments on the style of play undertaken by Michael O'Neill's side.
The generally accepted understanding when picking apart this season's Premiership is that we will experience a close affair between champions Celtic and a reinvigorated Rangers. Then there is the idea of the four Old Firm derbies to singularly determine the destination of the title.
For two of the game's biggest and most uncompromising competitors, in any capacity, Thursday night's respective exploits represented both a watershed and a clear-eyed visualisation of the immediate future. Hope, reputation, a relative sense of glory and the kind of income that can enhance a squad.
On the rear wall of the stand named after him at the Fortuna Sittard Stadion, there is an immense, artfully created mural of 'Fernando the Commando'. And the accompanying slogan to this wonderfully detailed portrait, approximately translated, says: "What can happen, spring does not happen," a line from the club song.
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