Celtic’s convincing 2-0 win over Hibernian has seen them move to within one game of ending a near two-year hoodoo.
The Hoops dominated Hibs from start to finish at Parkhead. Yet again, Scott Bain hardly had a save to make as Scott Brown bossed yet another game against Premiership opposition.
The three points kept the Hoops six points clear of Rangers at the top of the Premiership. It also moved them yet another step closer to sealing Scotland’s top crown for the eighth consecutive year.
But tonight was also crucial for another reason. The victory over Eddie May’s side has also taken Celtic to within one game of seven consecutive victories. The last time they did that? May 2017 during the invincible season.
Brendan Rodgers’ side swept everyone aside that year, and went on a seven-game winning run to end the campaign. The Hoops, quite incredibly, haven’t done it since.
They have come close before
That’s not to say they haven’t came close either. Celtic secured six on the spin at the start of the 2017/18 season. Only a 4-3 defeat in Astana halted that run, a match that secured Celtic’s qualification to the Champions League group stages that year.
But after what you could say has been an inconsistent 17 months since, the Hoops are close to overcoming that run.
This Sunday, St Johnstone are the visitors to Parkhead once again. Rodgers and Tommy Wright will soon know everything about each other given the amount of meetings they’re having.
A win in that Scottish Cup last-16 clash, however, and Celtic will have killed off the hoodoo. It would be a run that will have seen the Hoops knock off St Johnstone (x3), Airdrieonians, St Mirren, Hamilton, and Hibernian. Not world-beaters by any stretch of the imagination, but solid competition nevertheless.
The winter break training camp in Dubai has given Celtic the chance to hit the reset button. Six wins in-a-row and heavy favourites for a seventh to end that barren run.
It’s all looking rosy once again for the Champions.