As I left Celtic Park yesterday afternoon content with gaining another three points, I realised that for the first time in ages, there was nothing to moan about on the pitch after a European game.
Normally, these games are sluggish, awkward and downright boring, but this Celtic team show a relentless hunger to ensure each and every team that visits our stadium are hoping they don’t come back any time soon, and as a result, it’s a pleasure to watch them go about their business very week.
At the risk of sounding like Carrie Bradshaw and her closing statement gimmick in Sex And The City (great show), it got me thinking, is this the strongest Celtic team in years ?
In my opinion, it’s a resounding yes.
The depth in this Celtic team is frightening. We never had this level of it under Brendan Rodgers. The Leicester manager may have came up with the concept of Outer Heaven, but Neil Lennon’s built it and the keys to it are firmly his, and deservedly so.
When you look at the players who cannot get into the team just now, and are kicking their heels on the bench, or in the stands, you start to get an idea why I’m so confident in us strolling to another title.
I would say the recent form this side have shown, proves that Cluj was a fluke. I would say it is this squad’s equivalent of the ‘Basel 2002’ debacle, which led to a memorable season, in that run to Seville.
This team will not only qualify from the Europa League stage groups with ease, but probably see themselves genuinely being able to go on a similar run in Europe like the 02/03 squad, while winning at least two cups in the process domestically.
There is a fluidity to this side not seen since the early days of the Brendan Rodgers era. A quick, direct passing style, where we are so dangerous in the final third of the pitch, and creating so many opportunities, and in Odsonne Edouard as the focal point of our attack, we can boast a genuine European class striker plying his trade at Celtic Park.
It’s a joy to watch and with the sheer volume of the squad available at our disposal, we can afford to rest many key players, and that will surely happen against Partick Thistle in midweek.
A shoot prediction and small preview will be on the site ahead of that game, but as you can imagine, it’s already game over before a ball is kicked.