Celtic’s Season Defining Week

Its A huge week for Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers

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Saturday’s league fixture against (then) bottom side St Johnstone should have been a perfect opportunity for Celtic to right some of the wrongs from the previous week’s defeat at Kilmarnock but instead we stumbled to a dull and disappointing draw at a packed Celtic Park.

The blank scoresheet meant we’d recorded back to back goalless games domestically for the first time since way back in May 2018.

That was also on Brendan Rodgers’ watch, though the league title that season had been well and truly wrapped up by that point.

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However, despite the weekend’s failings we’ve got no time to feel sorry for ourselves with a massive week ahead which could shape our entire season.

First up its Thursday’s Champions League draw where European Football’s top sides will gather to see who will be getting put to the sword by Brendan Rodgers new look side.

Cameron Carter-Vickers In Action Against Real Madrid
Cameron Carter-Vickers In Action Last Season Against Real Madrid

In all seriousness progression from the group stages feels a long way off at this stage but we’ll hopefully be in far better shape by the time Matchday 1 comes around on 19th/20th September.

Midnight on Friday will then see a close to the summer transfer window and suggestions are that Celtic may yet bring up to five new players in the door.

Current rumours include Benfica’s Paulo Bernardo, Bronby striker Mathias Kvistgaarden, left back Quentin Merlin of Nantes, and Man City youngster Tommy Doyle

I’d settle for four incomings between now and deadline day, with a left back and a striker my absolute priorities.

Honduran winger Luis Palma already looks like a done deal so three to go please Celtic.

Luis Palma Begins His Journey To Celtic Park
Luis Palma Begins His Journey To Celtic Park

Then on Sunday it’s the first Glasgow Derby of the season as we head to Ibrox without any of our supporters to face 4th placed Rangers.

Their tails will be up given our recent poor performances but for Callum McGregor and co there’s simply no better time or place to rediscover the spark that’s clearly been missing.

We go there with no less than four central defenders unavailable through injury and so Brendan Rodgers will have some big calls to make on the day.

His options are seriously limited though a flurry of late transfer activity may just provide him with the ammunition he needs to pull off a huge result on the Southside.

That way we can enjoy the international break, regroup, and then look ahead to whatever the Champions League has lined up for us.

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1 thought on “Celtic’s Season Defining Week”

  1. Martin Blackshaw

    It’s now midway through the last week of the transfer window and it’s perfectly clear that Brendan Rodgers is not going to get the quality players he needs to take Celtic to the next level. The Board are still chasing down cheap deals for young projects and have no intention of altering course. I think Peter Lawwell is holding back the funds we all know are there and BR doesn’t seem to be able to do a lot about it. You’d have seen a very different reaction if Ange were still in charge of the team, they wouldn’t have dared hoard the funds and hand him a pile of young pub players to work with!

    I have a feeling that if Celtic lose to Rangers this weekend, which is not only possible but likely, then BR will simply walk away. He knows he’s the one who’ll get it in the neck from the fans and he won’t be able to do anything to fix it once the window closes. But just wait till they enter European competition with the present team. It doesn’t bear thinking about.

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