BBC Scotland pundit Michael Stewart was left massively impressed by Celtic on Saturday, describing the performance against St Johnstone as ‘from the heavens’ for us (Saturday live page, 16:59).
Teams are always going to win fans and media observers over when winning 7-0. However, the Hoops played with a swagger and confidence that we’ve not seen for quite a while.
Neil Lennon has his squad motivated, supremely fit and ready to go for tougher challenges ahead this season.
Players such as Ryan Christie, Mikey Johnston, Odsonne Edouard and Olivier Ntcham all look desperate to make an early impact.
We are well placed to add a few more players in the transfer market and have a great campaign.
Stewart, couldn’t get enough, telling BBC Scotland (Saturday live page, 16:59): “It was just sensational for Celtic for start to finish. It was a performance from the heavens for them.
“It is a big change from the start of last season when suggestions were they had gone stale under Brendan Rodgers.”
A valid comparison?
The comparison to Rodgers’ team is an interesting one, although should come with some caveats.
This time last year things were going similarly well for the Hoops.
We were coming off European wins against Alashkert and Rosenborg, with things looking rosy at that end. Rodgers’ side also beat Livingston on the opening day of the season, albeit nowhere near as convincingly as yesterday’s victory.
It was after that when things went wrong, suffering defeat to AEK Athens and Hearts in quick succession.
While the 7-0 victory was incredible, we’ll know a lot more about this team after the Cluj tie. The Romanian champions will provide our stiffest test of the summer so far and we can have no complacency. We simply can’t get too carried away yet.
Fortunately Lennon is a manager who knows all about navigating qualifiers and succeeding in Europe.
There are no signs of this Celtic team slowing down and we should be confident of a positive result this Wednesday.