Celtic’s official website have released footage of behind the scenes footage of this year’s team photoshoot. It’s something that happens annually and gives the supporters the chance to see everyone together in their kit as a squad. The inevitable photo is then used for calendars and gift items which can be purchased from the club’s official shop too.
There has been some considerable changes this year as we are without Jota, Carl Starfelt and Aaron Mooy, after the former two were sold to La Liga and the Saudi Pro League, respectively, whilst the Australian midfielder decided to call time on his wonderful career due to a back issue. So we’ve lost some old faces but still, we’ve gained some new ones too and kept the majority of our team intact.
The old stalwarts like Callum McGregor, Greg Taylor, Joe Hart, James Forrest, Anthony Ralston, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Kyogo Furuhashi are still there. Meanwhile, the likes of Nat Phillips, Luis Palma, Yang Hyun-jun and Marco Tilio are present in the photo and represent a look at what a the future may hold for us now. One notable absentee is James McCarthy who is clearly completely out of the picture – quite literally.
All these aforementioned players and the others who haven’t been mentioned as there are too many to list, have a great opportunity to build on the previous season and contribute to the illustrious and unbroken history of this football club during the campaign. In many respects it is a new team because we have a new manager and have changed some playing staff, whilst bringing in others who can be developed at Celtic Park.
Despite the mixed fortunes of the transfer window, this team and squad more generally, could achieve great things for the club. We’ve still five games to go in the UEFA Champions League group stages and have to compete on two fronts domestically; both the Scottish Premiership title and Scottish Cup are up for grabs and although we can’t do another Treble, we can still have a memorable year.
Our 2023/24 team photo 📸🍀 pic.twitter.com/IpAI2EnNVy
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) September 26, 2023