Just how tough the second-half of the season could be for the club. A treble is in the cards, but the Celts have a lot to do in order to achieve that.
At the moment, nobody teams looks to march for Celtic in the standings. Rangers moved up in their recent contest to second place, but still trail the Bhoys by 11 points in the table.
Brendan Rodgers’ side always finds a way to beat three points out of opponents in domestic competition. With three trophies up for grabs, Celtic will be playing around Europe with some tough dates on the calendar.
1) St. Johnstone on February 18th (Home)
Unexpectedly, one who say St. Johnstone currently sit in 8th place on the table, and don’t pose much of a threat to the Celts in any way.
However, the timing of this clash will make it tough. Celtic will have two cup matches – Partick and Zenit – which in turn means Rodgers will be fielding his entire first-team squad in two completely different levels of play. Injuries is another thing that can make this clash a difficult one, which means that the boss will have to be very creative in the starting eleven.
St. Johnsonte is an easy victory for Celtic. Yet, fatigue and lineup management are crucial for this match. At the same time, Celtic could have a fresh back-line as Marvin Compper will likely be back from injury at this point in time.
2) Aberdeen on February 25th (Away)
Aberdeen and Rangers are battling for the second place. Both sides remain in steady form and seem to be gathering points in every fixtures.
Celtic’s draw with Zenit will have been determined by this time. It’s the result of the Europe League with the Russian side that will have a huge impact on this league game. A win confidently sends Celtic into Aberdeen with a positive mindset, while an early knockout will leave question marks around the club.
Derek McInnes’ side have been very impressive at home as well. Aside from Celtic and Motherwell – who The Reds seem to have a challenging time with – they’re yet to drop a point at Pittodrie Stadium.
They’ve been more defensive in their approach to the game. Aberdeen either draw or win, and very rarely concede more than 3 goals. At the same time, the Northeastern scoring has taken a dramatic dip as leading-scorer Adam Rooney only has 6 tallies this season.
3) Ross County on March 31st (Home)
Will the Glasgow Derby really have that much of an impact on the standings? Other than pride, the match couldn’t really suggest progress from Rangers. Furthermore, the current state of the rivals seems to be in a bit of a shamble right now, and shaky results could arrive soon.
Celtic have enough of a split between Aberdeen who pose the most threat for potential champions of Scotland. To keep pace, the Celts will have to take care of easy business.
Ross Country are doomed for relegation at the end of the season. 17 points with a 4-5-15 record is pretty bad, and no signs of improvement are really showing.