Simon Ferry: Celtic will win 2022/23 title, Carter-Vickers is signing of the window, Aaron Mooy can lead Celtic to European success…
Celtic will win the league this season whilst Rangers could struggle, that’s the view of former Celtic midfielder Simon Ferry. “Celtic are already the team to beat and I think they’ll win the league. Aberdeen did very well to keep the score at 2-0 at the weekend. I think Ange Postecoglou is very clear on what he wants. He’s had a year in the job now and everyone can see his style – compared to the first game of last season it’s like night and day.
“This season, Ange has got the squad that he wants and kept the core of his team whilst adding a couple that he wanted as well.
“(the)Rangers have lost their two best players in Calvin Bassey and Joe Aribo, but they have signed well. Tom Lawrence is a really good player but you never know how people will react to playing for Celtic or (the)Rangers – they could be good players elsewhere but when you play in Scotland the pressure is completely different to anywhere else.
“I would make Celtic favourites for the league purely because they’ve been able to keep hold of their best players.”
And Si Ferry has looked at all the signings across the Scottish Premiership this summer and reckons he knows which one is the stand-out deal, declaring Cameron Carter-Vickers as the signing of the summer.
“The best signing Celtic have made is Cameron Carter-Vickers – he was a necessity. If you look at the way Celtic play, it’s very attacking and they leave two-vs-two at the back and that’s where Carter-Vickers has been really good.
“Jota is a great signing though because teams will come to Celtic Park and sit deep and so Celtic need players who can go and take players on and make things happen – Jota can do that.”
Another Celtic signing who Ferry can see making a major impact this season is Australian international midfielder Aaron Mooy. “Aaron Mooy can help take Celtic far in Europe – his signing shows that the SPFL is stronger than people think,” the former Celtic player said.
“Ange needs to get better in Europe with Celtic and with signings like Aaron Mooy it’ll help him massively. Celtic have been naive before but players like Mooy have played at such a good level. If (the)Rangers can get past their first leg defeat I expect both clubs to do really well this year.”
Simon was speaking on behalf of Grosvenor Sport.