Celtic need a big win on Saturday to kick start their busy festive season.

The Hoops travel to Hamilton looking to return to winning ways after their 0-0 draw at Livingston.

With the international break over, the Bhoys will be looking forward to getting back to action.

James Forrest was sensational for Scotland last week. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that those away on international duty return fit and ready for Hamilton.

The manager will also be hopeful James Forrest can keep his outstanding form up ahead of the festive season. The winger scored five goals in two games for Scotland last week, including his sublime hat-trick against Israel.

If mid-season awards were handed out, Forrest would be the clear front-runner for player of the year.

The Hamilton defence cannot be looking forward to facing him on Saturday.

Celtic will travel to Norway for their crunch tie v Rosenborg. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

After Hamilton, Celtic have arguably their two most important games of the season to date ahead.

First they travel to Trondheim to face Rosenborg in their crucial Europa League tie.

After that, there’s the small matter of the Betfred Cup final against Aberdeen at Hampden. Brendan Rodgers is looking to win his third consecutive League Cup.

It would be a magnificent seven trophies out of seven for the Hoops boss.

The Betfred Cup was Brendan Rodgers’ first as Celtic boss (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Celtic then face eight games in  just 24 days before the winter break in January.

Hiding in there somewhere is a massive Europa League decider against FC Salzburg.

Celtic need to beat Rosenborg and hope that Salzburg don’t lose to their Red Bull cousins from Leipzig. If they get their wish, a victory of Salzburg would see them qualify from the group.

It would be a huge boost during the busy domestic period for Celtic to enjoy European Success.

Celtic’s busy period finishes with a trip to Ibrox. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The best for last

Celtic’s festive season ends with a less-than friendly post-Christmas encounter at Ibrox.

As things stand Celtic are two points clear of rivals Rangers.

By the 29th of December, they’ll be hoping to go to Ibrox knowing a win will see their gap extend into double figures.

In Brendan Rodgers’ first season, Celtic enjoyed a perfect December winning eight out of eight domestic games. They also finished that period off with a 2-1 win at Ibrox.

Last year, they saw their historic unbeaten run ended with a 4-0 mauling at Hearts.

If Celtic can enjoy a festive season like they did in 2016, then it will be a happy new year to the men in Hoops.

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