Celtic on course to match 100 year old record

By Connor Gordon

April 22, 2019

Celtic are on course to match a 100 year personal record this season.

The Hoops must not concede more than two goals in the next four games to get there.

The stat is that only two Celtic squads have conceded less than 20 goals in a league season.

This team, guided by the treble treble chasers could be that third Hoops incarnation.

Surprise Celtic squad to match

Only two other Celtic teams have conceded less than 20 goals in a domestic league season.

Unsurprisingly, Martin O’Neill’s second season SPL winners did it in 2001/02.

Ronny Deila conceded less than 20 goals in his first season as boss. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, the other campaign to do it was Ronny Deila’s first in 2014/15.

The Norwegian was only denied a possible treble that season due to incompetent refereeing against Inverness.

What won’t surprise most readers is that the centre-back pairing that year was Virgil van Dijk and Jason Denayer.

Both have came on leaps and bounds, as suspected, as they’re both starters for Liverpool and Lyon.

Some will argue that it was a weaker league that season, but they can only beat what was in front of them.

Martin O’Neill celebrates a Hoops goal against Juventus in 2001. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/ALLSPORT)

The season following O’Neill’s low goals against triumph was the campaign which took The Bhoys to Seville.

Everything was leading up to something amazing since the Irishman came in back in 2000.

Current defenders must take credit

The Hoops backline have taken a lot of stick in the past but this possibility shows it may be a bit harsh.

However, it hasn’t been a consistent defence with it chopping and changing due to injuries.

Kristoffer Ajer has come in and made himself first choice and it’s a top up between Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata at the moment as to who is second favourite.

Kristoffer Ajer is first choice stopper. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Even Filip Benkovic put a fantastic shift in during the first half of the campaign.

Some Hoops fans will be fearful for the rebuilding process at the back but this will ease their nerves.

Ajer and Simunovic are capable and should do the job in the early part of the season.

However, that will be up to who takes the permanent manager’s job, and even that isn’t finalised yet.