Champions. Unbeaten domestically. Scottish Cup final to come. League Cup secured…
Sometimes in football, everything just seems to be going right. The announcement of Brendan Rodgers as Celtic manager on 20th May 2016 was met with jubilation amongst the Celtic faithful, with almost 13,000 supporters welcoming Brendan into Paradise.
These days a league title is the minimum expectation at Celtic Park, just ask Ronny Deila, and whilst the excitement and anticipation ahead of a new season under a truly top class manager in Rodgers was clear for all to this time last year, I think it’s fair to say none of us quite expected it to reach these ecstatic heights:
Champions League qualification at the first time of asking (the first ever Celtic manager to achieve this).
43 Domestic Matches played. Undefeated. 39 wins and 4 draws.
Progressive, high-pressing, attacking football. 122 domestic goals scored.
Double secured. Potential Treble.
Winning 5-1 home and away vs The rangers (biggest every victory at Ibrox)
Brendan Rodgers 76.36% win rate in all competitions (highest winning percentage of any Celtic manager).
6 in a row.
Rodgers signing a new 4-year contract extension.
And last, but by no means least…
Jozo’s tackle on Kenny Miller.
This is how it feels to be Celtic…
Following the shameful behaviour of a few morons across the city last week; attacking our captain, throwing objects at our players, and most disgusting of all, racially abusing Scott Sinclair, it was a wonderful sight to see the Celtic fans and Scotty in solidarity at the end of the St. Johnstone match yesterday, declaring that racism has no place in our game, in our society, and it won’t be accepted.
Where last season apathy appeared, this year it has been replaced by unity, hunger, and enthusiasm.
The squad, the manager, the fans, everyone at the club is together, on board following the same message in order to drive the club forward.
We have our limits, we all know that, but with a young and passionate squad being directed by a respected, and indeed gifted, manager our potential is there to reach a level we’ve not witnessed in years.
Champions again as you know…
As is always the way in the Scottish media our top performing players are continually linked with moves away from the club: Dembele, Sinclair, Tierney, Armstrong the most frequent to be at the moment. Of course just a few weeks ago it was our manager himself who we apparently wouldn’t be capable of holding onto. Then the 4-year contract extension came.
If big money comes calling for one or two of our stars it will of course be hard to resist, but currently it is clear that Celtic Park feels like home to this squad.
Brendan is in charge of all footballing matters, that much is clear, he has his own plans and ideas of how the club should function and where it can progress to, on and off the pitch. These are exciting times ahead.
… Brendan Rodgers is here for 10 in a row.