Kris Commons must have been as popular as a hedgehog in a long-jump pit when he fingered his team-mates as culpable in the wake of the going-over by Juventus.
The great football mantra “what goes on in the dressing stays in the dressing room” was well and truly binned as the Parkhead midfielder pointed there, there and there at dodgy defending by his team-mates.
He was right, of course.
But players tend not to appreciate fellow pros who are clypes.
Either way, the fact that Celtic are now about to bid adieu to the Champions’ League in Turin means that they will be doubly motivated to ensure there is no double strike of lightning courtesy of St Mirren in another cup tie.
Neil Lennon asked the Scottish Cup fairy for a draw against Saints so he could get revenge for the League Cup semi … and what do you know, he got his way.
Celtic will be huge favourites for the tie, but all the pressure is all on them.
If Celtic now don’t win the double – and ridiculous as this sounds – would just the championship, without a Rangers to test them, really be rich reward for their efforts and investment?
Saints fans, meanwhile, are rehearsing the slow, relaxed breathing as the days evaporate to March 17.
With that in the bank there is the genuine air of a man enjoying a prime Havana as your average Buddie watches life unfold in the Scottish Cup tie.
Saints win and wow, a double beckons.
Lose … and there will be another party along shortly.
Oh, what a day beckons on March 17.
The town will lay on a shindig and the open top buses have been booked.
St Mirren will launch a celebratory DVD … if they win.
But not a chicken has been counted here.
I have been at the Ralston training centre and listened as Danny Lennon and Tommy Craig battered the “this job isn’t done” mantra into the players.
They will do everything they can to treat that Sunday like a normal match day – no overnighting in a hotel, the usual pre-match routine ... although it may not, however, encompass the normal post match warm-down with the replacement of merry Hell breaking out in the event of victory.
I can see the Monday news bulletins now. A result just in. Paisley 1 Las Vegas 0.
Meanwhile, down at Ralston, those wishing to discuss the League Cup final can form an orderly queue behind the artillery launching a charge on the Top Six and then the Scottish Cup.
But Danny, sorry pal, the rest of us are getting the party gear looked out.