The first day of the 2010/11 Scottish Premier League season has been and gone and Celtic are three points better off than they were on Saturday morning. The first day of the season is usually one that as football fans we look forward to with baited breath. We start getting withdrawal symptoms having not seen club football during the summer break and we want nothing more than to see our team get off and running in the domestic season with three priceless points. After a summer of speculation we can’t wait to see our new signings in action and see whether those were millions well spent. But this season has been slightly different for Celtic…
The season started weeks ago for the Bhoys, and while fans up and down the country were full of excitement and anticipation, Celtic fans already had to deal with the agony that every fan endures over the course of the season. After just two matches, the Champions League dream was over for another season and manager Neil Lennon will have to concentrate on the SPL and second prize that’s a Europa League campaign. So the season hasn’t got off to the greatest possible start, but what will Celtic fans be hoping for over the next ten months?
Beating Rangers! Every season that’s at the top of many Celtic fans’ lists, to get one over the Gers and by doing so hopefully take the SPL title from their Glasgow rivals. Two years without a domestic league title is far too long for many Celtic fans and three years is just unthinkable. Three points at Inverness on Saturday was a good start, but there are many more matches and challenges before the Bhoys can even think about the title. Off the field high-profile signings are always craved, but who can Celtic hope to bring in before September?
The return of Craig Bellamy to Celtic Park is something many Celtic fans would want. Having seen Tottenham’s Robbie Keane arrive for the second half of last year, a similar signing of a top Premier League player would go down a treat. Maybe even taking Shay Given off Manchester City’s hands is a possibility, you never know! One player garnering some excitement amongst fans is Emilio Izaguirre, but will the left back turn out to a steal or a flop? Neil Lennon and thousands of Celtic fans will be hoping it’s the former, but as long as the 2010/11 campaign ends with a league title, the season will be a success for the Bhoys!