Celtic completed a somewhat extraordinary feat last season when they completed the entire domestic campaign unbeaten, with only four drawn matches.
This coincided with Brendan Rodgers’ first season in charge at Celtic Park and while they found it tougher in Europe, they won every domestic competition that they were involved in with great aplomb.
The Hoops have started this season in the same manner and already Celtic look on course to repeat the remarkable feat, with them being overwhelming odds on betting favourites priced at 1/100!
Their draw at home to Kilmarnock which was disappointing by Celtic’s standards meant that they have now equalled their own British record which sees them unbeaten in their last 62 domestic fixtures.
Of the 62 games, Celtic have won 56 and they now look to surpass the 100 year record at St Johnstone this weekend.
What has been most telling so far this season is that even their closest rivals in the league, Aberdeen and Rangers, were both no match for Brendan Rodgers’ side as they were both brushed aside with relative ease, while also failing to breach Celtic’s goal. And both these games were away from Celtic Park with the Champions winning at both Ibrox (2-0) and Pittodrie (3-0).
It was and is always going to be a huge ask to continue the unbeaten spell for the course of the whole of this campaign too, with many feeling that Celtic will have to lose sometime but it’s certainly one of the most impressive records ever seen in football.
With the pressure rising all the time, opponents have been looking at ways to overcome Celtic and many are making things tough for them at Celtic Park by parking the bus so to speak but Celtic are still managing to pick up points while remaining unbeaten.
With Celtic also competing on multiple fronts once again, it has meant that Brendan Rodgers has to keep his players fresh by rotating the squad now and again.
Other sides may find that squad rotation harms the momentum that they have generated but for Celtic, it seems they can rotate players in and out of the side while still remaining as strong as before and without losing much momentum at all.
What has been great is the fact that Celtic’s form in Europe hasn’t seemed to affect them domestically thus far. It would be great to see Celtic compete past the group stages in the Champions League on a regular basis but this does not seem likely this season, after being pitted against the likes of Paris Saint Germain and Bayern Munich in Group B. In fact, reputable sports betting operators, like Unibet, all expect Celtic to bomb at the group stages with them priced 1000/1 to win Group B.
It’s important to remember that there is a huge gulf in finances between Celtic and Europe’s elite sides such as PSG and Bayern Munich but for the most part they more than do themselves justice and even though results may not go their way, their domestic form always remains strong.
It will be a huge ask for Celtic to go unbeaten on the domestic front for a whole second successive season but with Brendan Rodgers at the helm and the quality in the squad at his disposal, you certainly wouldn’t back against them.
Rodgers is once again proving why he was regarded as one of the best young managers around and Celtic are continuing to steam roller the competition under his guidance.
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