Celtic can pile the pressure on struggling rivals when football returns; how they do it

By Hamish Carton

November 25, 2022

Celtic are back in competitive action in just 22 sleeps, and Ange Postecoglou’s side will be looking to make a fast start on their return.

The Hoops have a nine point lead at the top of the Premiership after winning 14 of their 15 matches thus far.

With six straight league fixtures to come from mid-December onwards, Celtic can push through the halfway point in the season and extend their lead further.

But it won’t be easy. Here are the fixtures that we’re returning to.

The game that sticks out for obvious reasons is our first one of 2023 – a Monday trip to Ibrox to face Rangers.

Our rivals were struggling prior to the mid-season shutdown with just two wins from their last five in the league.

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With a new manager surely in place for them by January 2, Celtic will be able to pile additional pressure on with victory at Ibrox.

Of course, our position means that a draw would be an acceptable result too.

Trips to Aberdeen and Hibernian are also notable in a particularly challenging period.

Ange will want a quick start from his Celtic side, and we are likely to have new signings in place from January onwards.

It’s just a shame we need to wait three weeks. Bring it on.

In other news, Chris Jullien was hanging around with someone in a Celtic shirt yesterday