What Would Be A Successful Season For Celtic?
It was a shaky start to the season for Ange Postecoglu, but the Hoops firmly look to be improving with every passing week in the Scottish Premiership. Celtic may have thought their chances to win the title were damaged after a slow start to the season.
But, the Hoops look right back on course to push theRangers to the bitter end after a strong run of form. Celtic are firmly among the BetUS favorites on soccer lines this term, but what achievements would present a successful season for the Hoops this season?
Winning The League
Of course, the target at the start of every season for Celtic is winning the Scottish Premiership title. They saw their long held grip on the championship end last season, as theRangers won their first top-flight title in their history.
Some Celtic fans may have feared the worst after that first success for the latest Ibrox under Steven Gerrard, but the departure of the former Liverpool legend from Ibrox has raised concerns whether that could negatively impact their team. Postecoglou and his Celtic side will be keen to put pressure on the current champions, as Giovanni van Bronkhorst has little time to settle into his job in the middle of the season. Celtic have been doing their talking on the pitch, and come into an important stage of the season having gone ten domestic games without defeat.
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That momentum means that currently seven points separate the two Glasgow giants after John Beaton awarded theRangers a late penalty at Easter Road this evening to pick up the three points with a 1-0 win. Celtic play Hearts at Celtic Park on Thursday evening looking to collect three points and reduce that gap back to four points heading into the busy festive period, which could go a long way in determining the champions this season.
Postecoglou has certainly done a very good job of improving the team defensively, as they have the best defensive record in the league, and have allowed just six goals throughout their unbeaten run. That could be the strong foundation that is needed to reclaim the title this term.
Celtic are the firm BetUS favourites to win the Scottish League Cup this season, and fans could get an early Christmas present in the form of the trophy. The League Cup has been one of the most successful competitions for the Hoops in recent memory, as they have won the trophy on five occasions in the past ten years. They will be the clear favourites in the betting for the final, which will be played on 19 December against Hibernian. Celtic’s chances will certainly be helped by the poor form that Hibs have been in over recent weeks, as they have lost four of their previous five games.
Celtic have been in dominant form in the League Cup this season, having won all three games in the previous rounds without looking in danger. Their narrowest win came in the semi-finals, as they knocked out current holders St Johnstone. However, they have scored seven goals in three games in the competition, and have conceded just twice. Fans will also have their eyes on the Scottish Cup too. Celtic enter that competition in early 2022 in the fourth round.
Strong Showing In Europe
Performances in Europe are always the measuring stick for Celtic managers, and Ange Postecoglou will be hoping for some success on the continent in 2022. Celtic were knocked out of the Champions League in the second qualifying round by Midtjylland, before getting past Jablonec and Alkmaar to reach the Europa League group stages. They were handed a tough draw in the group stages of the Europa League, but six points from the six games that they have played so far means that they will drop into the Europa Conference League after Christmas.
The Hoops should have a decent chance of going pretty far in that competition, as there are very few of Europe’s heavyweights in the competition. A strong run to at least the quarterfinals could give fans confidence that the club can improve once again in Europe next season, as they look to get back to the Champions League group stages.
The Final is in Tirana, Albania on 25 May, the 54th Anniversary of the day Celtic became the first British club to win the European Cup when they defeated Inter Milan 2-1 in Lisbon on 25 May 1967. And remember the President of Albania is a well-known Celtic supporter and regards The Celtic Star as one ion his favourite media sites!