Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has been bigging up Celtic’s form as he discussed the gap between his side and Glasgow’s big two.
The Dons have failed to lay a glove on either Celtic or Rangers this season. They followed up a pathetic 5-0 defeat at Ibrox with a similarly lethargic 4-0 home hammering off the Hoops.
Their defeat to Celtic was Neil Lennon’s side’s third victory of a seven-game winning run since our loss to Livingston. It’s helped keep us top of the table, with Celtic rattling home 23 goals and conceding just four.
McInnes’ Aberdeen have responded well to their loss to us also. They’ve won their last three and smashed home nine goals themselves. But speaking to the Aberdeen Evening Express, McInnes conceded that both Celtic and Rangers are performing to a high standard.
“Rangers and Celtic are in such a good place at the minute. You see the results, beating Lazio and Porto, they are fantastic results. It shows you the level they are playing at at the moment.
“For us, we just need to concentrate on ourselves. Our points tally is actually pretty much up there with where it normally is at this stage of the season.
“We are a good side and we have had the opportunity to show that over the last three games.”
How does our form compare to previous years?
So after 12 league games this season, we’ve accumulated 31 points and scored 36 goals in the Premiership. It’s a fine return, but how does it compare to the last few seasons? Does McInnes’ claim of us playing at a high standard stack up?
Well last year under Brendan Rodgers, Celtic had only managed 26 points by this stage of the season. However, we had also only scored 27 goals also. So that’s a nine goal and five-point increase compared to last season.
In Rodgers’ second season at the club, we were on only 30 points having scored 29 goals. Therefore, this is our best start to a domestic campaign since the famous invincible treble campaign. It was during that season that we managed to start off with a stunning 34 points out of 36.
McInnes is quite right to point out this high standard Celtic are operating at. And when you consider our European exploits, we’ve already accumulated a club-record 10 points for a group stage. We would all fancy adding to that in the final two games against Rennes and Cluj respectively.
It goes to show just how impressive Lennon’s work at the club has been. Still we look untouchable domestically, with the Hibernian and Livingston slip-ups firmly in the rear-view mirror.
And thankfully, ahead of the hectic winter schedule, we don’t look anywhere near done just yet.