Celtic's double date in Edinburgh could define their season

By daniel.cole

February 26, 2019

Celtic face a tough double header in the capital against both Edinburgh clubs in a week that could define their season as a whole.

The Bhoys travel to Hearts on league duty on Wednesday night before a tough Scottish Cup tie against Hibs at Easter Road next weekend.

With the team going for a treble treble, the next week will be one of huge importance for Brendan Rodgers and his squad.

Scott Sinclair opened the scoring against Motherwell. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With the 4-1 demolition of Motherwell behind them, Celtic must look forward to their tricky double header in the nation’s capital.

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Despite drawing against St Mirren at the weekend, Hearts are a formidable side. The Jambos defeated Celtic at home in August.

Celtic also lost on their last trip to Easter Road in December too. And despite a new manager, Hibs will be right up for the Scottish Cup quarter final.

Two victories would not only enhance Celtic’s chances of a treble treble, but they may kill off the hopes of those chasing the Hoops.

Kieran Tierney made his return from injury at the weekend. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s getting to the stage in the season where clubs behind Celtic are looking at fixtures in which the Bhoys could struggle in.

Hearts away is a fixture that has fans of other clubs hopeful of dropped points for Celtic.

The Hoops are currently eight points clear of rivals Rangers with 11 league games remaining. If they can leave Tynecastle on Wednesday night still eight clear, they may extinguish all hope of a Rangers revival in the league.

Hibs away in the cup is a fixture that many fans will be hoping will mark the end of Celtic’s domestic dominance since Rodgers took charge.

It won’t just be the Hibees support that are backing Hibernian next weekend. Nearly all of Scottish Football will be hoping the sun shines on Leith by the end of the game.

Scottish Football has become used to seeing this sight after Cup finals. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Celtic are nearly there

The double header in Edinburgh will see Celtic’s character tested to the core. They have responded admirably any time they have been questioned under Rodgers.

In Cup football, Rodgers is perfect in Scottish Football. There is every chance it remains so come next Monday.

If they had to prioritise one game, maybe three points in the league would become paramount.

However, make no mistake, a treble treble is Celtic’s goal this season. Don’t expect them to surrender it easily.