Celtic have not had the start to the 2021/22 campaign that they would have liked. Coming into the season, everybody knew that it was going to be difficult. They had finished the previous season trophyless and 25 points behind the Rangers in the Scottish Premiership.
But even then, not many would have expected the Hoops to be sitting at sixth in the Premiership table after the first eight league games of the season. They also find themselves bottom of their Europa League group.
Yet, there have been glimpses of a bright future as well. Celtic went on a six-game win streak earlier in the campaign when they outscored their opponents 24 to 4. And with time and patience, one would hope that Ange Postecoglou’s side can eventually play that kind of football on a consistent basis.
The recent away win against Aberdeen must have been a huge confidence boost for the Hoops. As reported by The Celtic Way, Stiliyan Petrov said regarding the victory and Callum McGregor’s celebrations afterwards:
“I think you could see how much it meant.
“It is about taking that commitment and passion now and transferring it into the team on a regular basis. I think everyone knew that it was going to be a season of a lot of changes to the team and you have to be patient in waiting for that to take hold.”
The former Celtic star also added:
“I like watching them.
“It is a team who are in transition but I like how they are trying to play football. I like the manager and how he talks about the game and his philosophy and I think coming out of a tough game like Aberdeen with all three points will have helped to foster some confidence within the team.”
Celtic need to improve their results as soon as possible
There is no doubt about the fact that at times this season, Celtic have played some brilliant football. Their overall results though have been mixed at best till now.
That is the area that they need to improve in before anything else. There are things to work on all over the pitch though. Whether it is not giving away goals at the back, having more control in midfield or being more clinical in attack.
Hopefully as the season progresses, this team will continue to get better as well. It is still early days for Postecoglou as Celtic manager and it was always expected to be a tough start.
The upcoming January transfer window could also prove to be vital to this team. It will give them a massive opportunity to strengthen in positions that they are light on options at the moment.