Celtic have started the Premiership season with five successive victories – the first time that’s happened in almost a decade.
The last time the Hoops won their opening five fixtures was, strangely enough, in the season when they last didn’t win the league. Season 2010/2011 saw Neil Lennon’s men record eight successive victories before being pipped to the title by Rangers.
It is unlikely to be the Ibrox side who end our unbeaten run this time around though given that we don’t face them again until late December. But could our unbeaten record stretch till then, or even afterwards? Could we even go the entire league season unbeaten again?
Who could inflict first Premiership defeat on Celtic?
That final comment is a little tongue in cheek. There’s probably little to no chance of Lennon’s men navigating the entire 38 game Premiership season without losing at least one match. Season 2016/2017 was a remarkable achievement but one we are unlikely to see again.
However, there is a feeling that this current unbeaten run could stretch on for a bit yet. Our next four league fixtures see us host Kilmarnock, travel to Hibernian and Livingston and then play Ross County in Glasgow.
The game against the Leith side would traditionally be a tough one, and may still be. But Paul Heckingbottom’s men are in dire straits – losing three of their last four league games and conceding 13 goals.
After that comes the tricky looking one at Aberdeen. We travel to Pittodrie on October 27th, just three days after hosting Lazio in the Europa League. If a slip is to happen then it’s likely to be there, or at Tynecastle on November 2nd. Who knows, they may have a new manager in place by that stage.
The rest of November and early December look pretty forgiving for Lennon’s men. The year then rounds off with crunch games against Hibernian, Aberdeen and Rangers but they’re all at home. And all most definitely winnable.
So stay calm for now. But we may just be at the beginning of something special.