Celtic fans could not have enjoyed a better season that last. Brendan Rodgers’ all-conquering side cemented their status as ‘The Invincibles’ after having gone the entire Scottish Premier League season without tasting defeat. Sealing an undefeated domestic season and the Treble for the fourth time in the clubs history, there wasn’t much the Scottish champions didn’t accomplish.
With their strong start to the new Scottish Premiership season, it looks as though the Hoops are going to continue in the same fashion. The Bhoys have performed well in their pre-season friendlies and have not been beaten in any of the Champions League qualifying rounds.
Celtic opened the season with a comfortable 4-1 win against Hearts and celebrated a 0-1 win against Partick Thistle at Firhill Stadium last night.
Could Celtic be the first ever Scottish team to win back-to-back trebles this season?
While there is little to improve upon the performances of last year, with the gap between the Parkhead club and the rest of field having never been wider, it is certain that Rodgers will send his squad out with a mission to improve again.
Celtic’s ability to not down tools at any point last season came from their drive and desire for continued improvement, and undoubtedly that same standard will show in this campaign.
Although it might be a big ask, Rodgers will have these guys primed for another Treble. The only thing that might be asking too much from the Bhoys might be going unbeaten, especially if they find themselves progressing far in the Champions League, where they will be playing a lot of football. Particularly in those first five months.
However, if there is any team that seem determined to maintain their focus and keep raising the bar, it’s Celtic. They proved it last season when there was no downturn even when the league was won.
Majority of this stems from the manager and the philosophy within the club. Players and fans alike have a massive respect for Rodgers, and his relentless insistence on the highest of standards being applied at Celtic gives players confidence that the squad can improve even further this season.
The club’s stranglehold on the game is now so strong that repeating the trick this season is a distinct possibility when they have top players with power and pace.
Celtic also don’t have any massive challenging opposition in the foreseeable future. Celtic need Rangers to push them, but Rangers have shown they are off the pace in comparison.
If Rangers don’t regroup and don’t start improving then there is a big potential for Celtic to be the first ever Scottish team to win back-to-back trebles.
Even more than their recent domestic success, they have really come on as a club over the past couple of seasons. The players are playing with a smile on their faces, they are playing with flair and passion, they are scoring goals and winning games.
Not to mention that fans are back again. A couple of seasons ago they were only filling around 30,000 seats out of 60,000.
Now, figures show that the Celtic support can boast a higher total home league attendance than any side in the top flights in Italy and France. With a massive 1,054,044 total spectators from 19 home Premiership clashes last season, and taking 91,453 to their 19 away Premiership matches.
There is a distinctive hunger about Celtic to carve their name into the history books, and with Rodgers’ side now only two wins away from equalling the Lisbon Lions’ unbeaten start to season 1966-67, time will tell how this season will go as they look set to repeat the feats of last season all over again.
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