Celtic kicked off December in style on Sunday, effortlessly swatting aside Ross County up in the highlands, without really getting out of third gear.
Will this pattern continue for the rest of the month ahead ?
In my opinion, yes, ensuring this so called ‘gruelling’ run of fixtures is nothing but a myth. It’s an inconvenience, but we’ll hammer through it as per.
Let’s weigh up the games ahead:
4th Dec - Hamilton (H)
8th Dec - Rangers (N)
12th Dec - Cluj (A)
15th Dec - Hibs (H)
18th Dec - Hearts (A)
21st Dec - Aberdeen (H)
26th Dec - St Mirren (A)
29th Dec - Rangers (H)
For a start, we can afford to rest players in a few of these games. Specifically, Hamilton, Cluj and St Mirren.
As for Hearts, teams with 2% of the talent we have at our disposal have turned them over at Tynecastle, which is no longer a ‘tough place to go’ and we should be able to turn up there and get a result playing within ourselves.
Hibs ? Powderpuff. Beat them at Hampden recently even though we downed tools in the second half.
Aberdeen ? At Celtic Park ???? I’ve seen harder challenges on Extreme Polls!
The two genuine challenges will be the Rangers games. That’s it. There’s nothing else there that concerns me.
We have a squad more than capable of giving them a doing in both games, although I do think we’ll be tested more at the back in those games than we have been in the Europa League, and certainly more so than we were at Ibrox in September.
So, the next time someone says ‘oft they heavy fixtures in December but!’ as some kind of arguement against squad fatigue, show them this article and tell them to grow up.
Two tough games out of eight. THREE at an absolute push.
Rangers preview is next up later in the week.