Chris Sutton shares why Celtic title win this season is now "distinctly possible"

By John McGinley

January 2, 2022

Chris Sutton reckons Celtic winning the title this season is “distinctly possible” if Ange Postecoglou’s signings this month are as good as his first batch in the summer.

In fact, he’s expecting the club to continue to back the Australian after his impressive start in the Celtic dugout.

Reo Hatate, Daizen Maeda and Yosuke Ideguchi have all arrived in Glasgow from the J-League, bolstering a squad that was literally limping towards the winter break.

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Sutton has been massively impressed by Postecoglou’s work in the transfer market since arriving as Celtic boss. And he thinks this month could end up pivotal for the direction of the Scottish Premiership title.

Writing in The Daily Record this weekend, he said: “If he does get it right again this month, the once unlikely thought of Postecoglou’s team mounting a serious title challenge in his first year and, even winning it, is distinctly possible.

“Celtic have lacked depth, but that’s not a shock. It was always going to be impossible for the new manager to rebuild the entire squad in just one window last summer.

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“If the Japanese boys are an upgrade on what Celtic have at the moment, and given Postecoglou’s record so far you think they would be, they are seriously tooling up.

“Ground has to be made up in the title race, but given the chaos of the summer, Celtic have done well to stay in touch with 18 games to go including three more cracks at Rangers. Postecoglou’s first batch of signings have given them a chance of an unlikely title win. If the next lot are as good, they might just be able to pull it off.”

No doubt some rival fans will write this off as Sutton being a ‘shock pundit’ but, the thing is, he isn’t wrong.

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Celtic still have to play Rangers three times this season, twice at Paradise, and while there’s no doubt they are making good progress themselves under Giovanni van Bronckhorst, a strong Bhoys side can beat them.

Although we are six points behind, it’s not the kind of gulf that terrifies me. It can be made up. Especially if, as Chris says, our new Bhoys hit the ground running like Kyogo, Jota and company.

In other news, The Celtic areas Ange Postecoglou still wants to strengthen this month after J-League raid.