January's fixtures are all done and dusted and the transfer window has slammed shut, so now seems like the perfect time for a little update on how our fortunes are going on the blue side of Glasgow.
We've £5m in the bank, but seem to be losing a fair bit each month, so I'm unsure whether this will actually go through. If it does, fantastic. If not, we've not lost anything.
I have also added Dunfermline as a feeder club. They place in the division below us and should be good for sending players on loan.
I have also extended Martyn Waghorn's contract until 2020.
I said I wasn't going to change much, but I felt we just needed a couple more options in a squad that was full of young players, but not much quality off the bench.
Kevin Mbabu joins on loan from Newcastle to partner Danny Wilson at centre half. He's big and strong and aggressive, a brute of a defender that adds to the quality we'll need at the back to stay at the top of the SPL. The other signing was that of Ricky Holmes from Charlton. His contract was expiring, so I got him for a cut price £150k. He comes in to offer a different option on the left wing, instead of us just having an out and out winger on both sides.
Eyes were rolled when I saw I had Celtic away first up. I had very little by way of expectation, but we battled hard for the three points. Celtic were the better team, but we created the better chances and, but for two late goals from our rivals, it could have been far more comfortable. Stephen Mallan was quality in central midfield - good find, Trent.
It took us an hour to get going in the Hamilton game, by which time we were 2-0 down! A change in tactic saw us fight back and keep momentum, but it was mighty close to a slip up.
Hearts were stubborn and resilient. It was low on quality and far from a classic. The game was settled when Martyn Waghorn raced on to Jordan Rossiter's long ball and passed the ball into the bottom corner.
A break from Premiership action in the form of Div 1 Brechin allowed me to make 9 changes to the first team and Hardie, Holmes and Quitongo took full advantage. Quitongo on the right was absolutely unplayable and Brechin had no answer to his pace and directness.
The Motherwell game was another than was low on quality. I had hoped that the rest would do us good, but neither team managed to string more than 3 passes together in the Scottish sleet.
The last game of the month saw us take all three points from Firhill, but we had to fight for them. Partick sat deep and hit us on the break while we committed foul after foul after foul. We took the lead just before the hour and Partick crumbled, allowing us to score two more late on. It wasn't perfect, but it was enough.
Five points clear at the moment, albeit having played a game more.
Coming up in February
Tough start to the month with a trip to second place Dundee. I don't need to tell you that a win would put clear daylight between us and them and could shape both our seasons. Motherwell away in the cup will be tough, but with a week between games, we should go there fully fit.
We don't play at Ibrox again until the end of the month. February is always important for momentum and this one feels no different, with some winnable games.