According to the boss man, at the end of yesterday’s game, the next seven days will see tell the tale of the coming campaign.
He expects to further signings this week. If Celtic delivers on that, then the final shape of this year’s team will have become clear to us, and there are good reasons for our being optimistic about the campaign ahead.
Hell, most of us are optimistic already.
And why should we not be? When you look at last season, it is clear that not only was our title win a shock to our rivals and enemies but that it was unarguably deserved because we were the best team in Scotland.
Nobody believed we could turn the trick inside a season, and especially not with the scale of the rebuild we had in front of us. Nobody believed that a manager fresh in the door, and from the other side of the world, could gel as squad of players brought to Celtic from all over the planet, to function as a unit and perform with such aplomb.
The thing that haunts me – it shouldn’t, after a successful season, but it does – is the question as to how good the campaign could have been if we’d started quicker and better, if the manager had gotten his squad in place sooner and had more time to develop his plan. I genuinely think another Invincible campaign might have come off.
Now, with this team playing some of the best football in pre-season that I’ve seen from a Celtic side, to the extent even our unfriendly media is drooling over it and admitting that we’re looking powerful, there is an understandable anticipation about seeing how we intend to make this team even stronger. That question will soon be answered.
This site keeps an eye on other clubs, and it keeps a close watch on the media too.
But this is still a site written from the point of view of Celtic fans, and primarily about our club and the truth is that as amusing as it is to look across town and elsewhere at times, the future of the game in this country is going to revolve around us as it’s traditionally done.
We are the defending champions, and we go into this coming campaign filled with the confidence that title automatically bestows. But it’s more than that, it’s a combination of this squad and this manager and the style of football we play.
Nobody in Scotland could stop us last season, and it is very hard to see who is going to do it in the coming campaign.
Ange sounds like he’s confident, and he should. He has a formidable squad now, and anyone who wants this title is going to have to pry it from our cold dead hands.