It’s too soon to judge this Celtic team’s achievements, Commons may have to re-assess

Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side could surpass previous records set by Martin O’Neill and Brendan Rodgers managed Celtic sides but even if that happens then according to Kris Commons this Celtic team will still not be the equal of the Hoops team from a few decades ago that managed to reach a record breaking 103 points in the 2001-02 season.

That was smashed by the proper Invincibles in 2016/17 with 106 points and now Ange Postecoglou’s side has a chance of reaching 109 points if they will all six remaining league matches.

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That is a distinct possibility and the players are obviously going to be motivated by the possibility of making history, even if they aren’t going to talk much about it, preferring the game by game approach in all public appearances. But behind the scenes, that will be different.

Celtic can also smash the goals scored record this season and also have the chance to complete a home fixture list with a 100% record in domestic football, has that ever been done before?

While there’s nothing wrong with making comparisons, as Commons has done in his Daily Mail column this morning, arguing that the MON Celtic side from the start of the century remains superior to the current Hoops side under Ange Postecoglou.

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Maybe he’s right, but there’s a worthy counter-argument that we can make if and when those records are all achieved because at that time – if it happens – it will be hard to argue against a Treble winning Celtic with all those records not being the team with greatest achievement for the club since the Lisbon season in 1966/67.

Commons, like the rest of us, was mightily impressed with Celtic’s opening half-hour at Rugby Park, before the gears were dropped and no further risks taken on that dreadful surface with what’s ahead being a major consideration in Celtic coasting towards the 4-1 win over Kilmarnock.

“Watching Kilmarnock get blown away by Celtic in the first half at Rugby Park yesterday, I feared it was going to become an absolute train wreck. Killie have a good, experienced manager in Derek McInnes but, 20 minutes into the game, it looked like he’d sent out a team that had never been coached in their lives,” Kris Commons stated in his Daily Mail column.

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“That wasn’t McInnes’ fault. Celtic are just so strong under Ange Postecoglou. And, to be fair, from where the home side were after 27 minutes trailing 4-0 with Celtic also missing a penalty they did well to keep the final score relatively respectable at 4-1.

“Celtic beat Dundee United 9-0 earlier this season and, with Ange in charge, a day will come when we see them hit double figures. There’s no doubt about that, in my eyes.

“There are six games left and, if Celtic win them all, they are on course to hit 109 points which would be a new Scottish top-flight record. Would that make them better than Brendan Rodgers’ Invincibles, who reached 106 in 2016-17?

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“Or Martin O’Neill’s famous team that amassed 103 in 2001-02 and went on to reach the UEFA Cup final in Seville in 2003? I would have to say the Seville team are better than the current team. But Postecoglou’s side are blowing teams and records away and it all makes for a very good debate.”

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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