If the term 'catastrophising' can be abundantly sprayed about anywhere, then Glasgow is, without question, the place to be.
Irrespective of the fact that only three games have taken place in the Premiership so far, the trend towards 'a form of negative thinking where a person thinks the worst about a situation' in relation to the fortunes of the Old Firm, is as intense now as it has always been.
Guilty as charged of drawing games against Kilmarnock and Livingston respectively, both Celtic and Rangers are well acquainted with the tendency for its supporters to over dramatise every morsel. In Scotland, there is, refreshingly, none of this bloated 'race for the top four' propaganda. This is the jaggy terrain of sound and fury, where second is nowhere.
Celtic's recent Rugby Park stalemate had the club's more animated fans criticising the defence while projecting problems ahead. In reality, it was simply one of those days. Not even Neil Lennon's team, with all their gifts, can operate on full throttle every single game. And the champions' thumping 6-0 midweek victory over KR Reykjavik in the Champions League first qualifying round suggests, generally, business as usual.
The Celtic chief is still in the hunt for Brighton's Shane Duffy - the number one priority at Parkhead. As such, the main conundrum is whether to make Duffy an approximate £2m loan signing - or does Lennon splurge £5m for a player out of contract next summer? Any successful manager will confirm that money is, invariably, always well-spent for a watertight defence. And with West Ham also in for the Republic of Ireland star, Duffy won't come cheap.
Speaking of big money signings, Celtic have not invested almost £5m for new Bhoy Albian Ajeti to warm the bench, and the Swiss - a versatile attacker - made an appearance versus Reykjavik. 'All-Action Ajeti', as he has been described, spells significant concern for Leigh Griffiths, who may find that taking a cavalier approach to fitness obligations during Covid-19 lockdown is likely to come at a high cost in terms of his future in Glasgow's east end.
There is absolutely no doubt the Scotland striker has proven his worth to Celts over the years - seven goals in 10 outings in a fine partnership with Odsonne Edouard from January is a recent case in point - and has previously recovered from injuries and illness to shine. However, with 10 in-a-row the target, Lennon cannot sit on sentiment. Left out of the club's pre-season trip to France due to being overweight, a sizeable number of Celtic fans have lost patience with Griffiths.
But this is not a misfit, like Boli Bolingoli, we're talking about here. When fully focused, this is a player who can be relied upon to deliver a glut of goals in the Premiership, which is naturally Celtic's main goal in this, of all seasons. At such an early stage, is it wise to write off Griffiths entirely?
In more pressing matters, Celtic eagerly look forward to another Champions League test on Wednesday, when they host Ferencvaros. A good run in Europe may indeed be demanding but that, along with a 10th successive title, are not mutually exclusive objectives.
Despite the lack of star names in their ranks, the Hungarian champions should be treated with respect. This is a club with a storied history - a record number of domestic titles (31) and keen to reassert their Euro credentials. The Green Eagles are, intriguingly, managed by Ukrainian legend Sergei Rebrov.
Since taking over at the Groupama Arena in 2018, Rebrov has already steered the Budapest giants to a couple of OTP Bank Ligas and they appear in Glasgow after defeating Swedish champions Djurgardens. Celts will need to monitor Tokmac Nguen, Ferencvaros' Norwegian forward, who netted a double in that crunch game. Northern Ireland fans, meanwhile, might wish to look out for Adnan Kovacevic and Eldar Civic, who could feature for Bosnia and Herzegovina in the upcoming Euro 2020 play-off.
For all that, Celtic, not unreasonably, expect to progress. Another step towards the lucrative group stages, alongside the possible reintroduction of a set number of fans as a test event against Motherwell next Sunday, would put Lennon in a contented frame of mind.