Michael Stewart rates current Celtic side as better than last season's

By John Reid

December 28, 2019

BBC Scotland pundit Michael Stewart has made a bold claim about the current Celtic side. He believes that the current Hoops side are better than last season’s, even though Neil Lennon’s side did go on to win a domestic treble.

Stewart made the claim writing in his Scottish Sun column.

“Arguably in better shape”

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“This season they are arguably in better shape in terms of their position and their performances. There is a real rhythm to this Hoops side, a really good balance to the team. On any given weekend you can predict the majority of the starting 11.”

That is a very bold claim that Stewart has made. It could be argued that the European results are certainly better. After all, Celtic won their Europa League group this season. The team has also been very consistent, winning their last 11 league games in a row.

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Winning whilst playing poor is mark of a good team

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What perhaps goes against Stewart’s argument is some recent Celtic performances which have been below-par. The Betfred Cup Final, for example. The good thing about that though, is that the Hoops still managed to win that game, despite not playing well. That is the mark of a good team.

So far though, it is too early to tell if the current side is as good as last season’s. They might be playing better football, but they will have to match the trophies won by the team last season to prove that they are better than the Celtic side on 2018-19.

At the moment though, the current Celtic side are on course to prove Stewart’s comments correct. They could go even further towards that by making the later stages of the Europa League next year when the competition resumes.

For now, all at Celtic will be focused on the next game, against Rangers and not what the future holds. But it is a good debate to have, comparing Celtic’s eight in a row team to the potential nine in a row team.