What are Celtic's top targets in 2020?
Celtic will enter a new year, and a new decade, as the team to beat in Scottish football. That’s a fitting statement given how dominant we were for the vast majority of the 2010s – a decade that brought about 18 major trophy wins.
The club will have similar goals for the 2020s but, as we know, you can never afford to get too far ahead of yourself in this funny old game. Instead, we’ll have a look at just the first year of the decade and list the targets that the club should be looking to meet. Spoiler: ten-in-a-row is a pretty prominent one.
Qualify for the Champions League
Neil Lennon’s men have excelled in European competition so far this season, but there will still be more than a tinge of regret that we weren’t playing in the Champions League.
A repeat of the Cluj calamity must be avoided at all costs. We can try and assure that doesn’t happen again by preparing properly and doing our important business prior to meaningful qualifiers. With a number of positions likely to be up in the air in the summer, it is imperative that the board help out the management unlike this summer.
On the plus side, we’ll have a team that is fully moulded together in stark comparison to this year.
In a season when domestic dominance will take priority like never before, Champions League football still has its place.
Find our Edouard replacement
Let’s face it, the vast majority of us expect Odsonne Edouard to be away in the summer. The Frenchman is far too good for Scottish football and, like Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney before him, he’ll want to further his career.
That leaves us with a massive challenge to fill his boots. Edouard stepped into Dembele’s shoes effortlessly when the forward made the surprise switch to Lyon in August 2018. Continuing the conveyor belt is going to be a challenge for the club – but one that could really have its benefits if done correctly.
With so much on the line next season, we must make sure that we handle this situation with the care it deserves.
Put the foundations down for a shot at ten-in-a-row
This time next year we could be well on the road to the holy grail. Ten-in-a-row can’t be clinched before we enter 2021 but the foundations can certainly be put in place to give us a big shot at finishing what we started.
First of all, we need to win the nine. We’re in a commanding position at the top of the table but there is still precious margin for error with Rangers not too far back in the standings.
We must use all our experience to get over the line this season, by any means necessary. Then one of the biggest summers in our history will arrive. There may not be a great deal to bring in but keeping our star men will be crucial as we plot a decade of dominance.
If we are going for ‘the ten’ then every game will matter. If you think this season is pressurised then just imagine what it’ll be like this time next year. Making sure we are well on course for ten-in-a-row is undoubtedly the biggest challenge in 2020.