The Scottish Premiership season officially kicked off yesterday with Rangers winning up in Aberdeen, followed by Chris Sutton responding in true Chris Sutton form.
A Ryan Kent goal was enough to give our rivals the three points against Derek McInnes’ pitiful Dons. However, for Celtic fans, there was absolutely nothing to fear from either side on yesterday’s showing.
After Kent’s opener, neither side threatened to any great extent. It left plenty of Hoops fans on social media confident in what Celtic would potentially do to either side when we come up against them.
And that confidence was on full show as some Hoops fans responded to Chris Sutton’s sly pop at full-time. Here’s a look at some of the reaction below:
That’s the league over already…
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) August 1, 2020
Aye both teams were absolutely dog meat today. Give us the trophy now.
— Paul B 🍀 (@p_bov1) August 1, 2020
You took the words right out of my mouth 🤣🤣🤣
— 🍀⚡️JUNE⚡️🍀 (@babyjane1958) August 1, 2020
Football is over after that dross . The commentary was even worse..
— muzzybhoy (@muzzybhoy) August 1, 2020
Quadruple Treble too with Aberdeen like that
— POGI BHOYO 🇻🇦🇮🇪🍀 (@Pogi29225944) August 1, 2020
Terrible game between 2 sides battling it out for 2nd.
— Andrew stoutt (@andrew_stoutt) August 1, 2020
Terrible advert for Scottish Football ball was in the air more than it was on the deck
— Stevie Chalmers (@StevieChalmers2) August 1, 2020
Definitely. If that’s our “competition” then we’ll romp to the 10 in a row. Both teams poor
— Daniel Christie (@Dannybhoy_c) August 1, 2020
1-0 against 10 men with no main strikers 🤣🤣🤣 back to the top for Celtic tomorrow👌🏻 Natural Order 🍀
— Keefter (@TheKabadi) August 1, 2020
Plenty of reasons for Celtic fans to be cheerful
Many Hoops supporters won’t have tuned in yesterday, and they’re quite entitled to stick to watching Neil Lennon’s Bhoys and only being focused on our own club. However, you also can’t blame those who did have a glance to see what our rivals may have to offer this season.
For those that did, they certainly won’t have come away from the game with any fear.
Rangers dominated the first half without being overly-threatening. As has often been the case with Steven Gerrard’s side in recent years, it was all pretty passing in the midfield without any real cutting edge in the final third.
Where Celtic fans will have been disappointed, however, is with Aberdeen’s lack of any sort of viable threat. The Dons were playing without any main strikers and even played the closing minutes out with 10 men when Andrew Considine was sent off. But even then, both sides could’ve been playing until midnight and McInnes’ side still wouldn’t have come close to a goal.
Aberdeen, remember, is next up for Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-finals in October. From yesterday’s showing, they shouldn’t be laying a glove on Lennon’s side.
As for Rangers, they didn’t show any signs of improvement on last season. If Celtic can go on a ruthless run of early-season form, it’s difficult to see how Gerrard’s side keeps up. If yesterday was supposed to be a marker from either of Celtic’s domestic rivals, they both flopped.