Celtic will be aiming to win five games in-a-row at the start of a league season for the first time since 2010 this weekend.
Neil Lennon takes his confident Hoops to Lanarkshire to take on mid-table Hamilton Accies as they chase a perfect 15 points from 15. St. Johnstone, Motherwell, Hearts and Rangers have already fallen to the eight-in-a-row champions this season, with the concession of 17 goals and only three scored.
Unless Accies can stop us winning for the first time since 2016, it will be five wins from five and maximum points. And that hasn’t always been the case.
Celtic started with more than five wins nine years ago
Rather bizarrely, we haven’t started any of our eight recent title wins by taking maximum points from our first five matches. The last time we did it, in 2010, was actually the last season when we didn’t win the league.
It was Lennon’s first full season of his first stint in charge. He managed us to eight successive victories at the start of the 2010/2011 season before we lost the first derby of the season to Rangers.
Celtic fans will rest easy knowing that a similar scenario isn’t likely to occur again this year. But it does raise an interesting point. It’s really important that the team keep their foot on the throat of our rivals after the recent win at Ibrox.
Slipping up against Accies on Saturday could effectively wipe out the good work done in Govan and allow them to narrow the gap. On the flipside, we will increase our lead at the top to six points with a win at New Douglas Park.
Rangers will be likely to close that gap later in the day against Livingston but the pressure on them will be enormous – especially in front of their own fans. We can heighten that pressure if we beat Hamilton, and notch a nice little achievement too.