Celtic's 11-point swing opportunity on Sunday

By John McGinley

September 17, 2022

Celtic have the chance to make it 21 points from seven matches at the start of the Scottish Premiership tomorrow, a potentially perfect record that would sit in stark contrast to what we witnessed last season.

After seven league fixtures in 2021/22, Celtic were considered by many outsiders to be in crisis. There was a lot of noise around Ange Postecoglou, his squad and what was ahead. Although fans largely kept the faith, the media had a field day.

Celtic had managed just nine points from the opening six games of the campaign before heading into a seventh match – at home to Dundee United – which finished 1-1.

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That meant that the Bhoys had only managed to muster 10 points from the 21 available. The 11-point swing towards what we could witness tomorrow is as much of a signifier of improvement at Celtic as anything.

St Mirren won’t make it easy, of course. We know they can defend resolutely and frustrate teams. In fact, we even dropped points there in December after a dour 0-0 result.

Still, you’d have to consider Postecoglou’s side heavy favourites based on recent form, with Celtic absolutely rampant in the top-flight before heading into a difficult UEFA Champions League double.

It’s been a strange couple of weeks, with the postponement of last weekend’s match. Heading into the international break five points clear, 11 better off than last season, would be a brilliant statement of intent with a busy schedule on the horizon.

The day has arrived for Postecoglou’s outfit to show they can cope with the demands of Europe and domestic football in as fierce a manner as ever.

In other news, RB Leipzig suffer yet another heavy defeat with Celtic on the horizon.