Heading into the 2018/19 Scottish Premiership season everyone is gunning for Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic.
After two treble-winning campaigns, the Hoops are experiencing an unprecedented level of domestic success, but Celtic know better than anyone that they cannot become complacent if they want to lift an eighth successive league title next term.
The arrival of Steven Gerrard across the city has rejuvenated Rangers. The hype is strong and Celtic must ensure that they start the season strongly to shut down any talk of a title challenge, just like when Mark Warburton’s Light Blues were supposedly set to be big rivals to Celtic’s crown.
The early stages of the season are always tricky given they will also be fighting for UEFA Champions League qualification and long-term preparation is key if they are to fight on two fronts.
Now Celtic fans can get a much clearer picture of how the start of the season could pan out after confirmation of their first six Scottish Premiership fixtures, which you can see below…
4th August – Livingston (H)
11th August – Hearts (A)
25th August – Hamilton Academical (H)
1st September – Rangers (H)
15th September – St. Mirren (A)
22nd September – Kilmarnock (A)
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It’s not a completely smooth start for Celtic but it’s also not one that will particularly trouble them either. While Kilmarnock and Hearts represent tricky away days, even for the Scottish champions, Hamilton, St. Mirren and Livingston – the former pair being newly-promoted from the second division – should prove to be relatively routine affairs considering the quality and depth of Rodgers’ squad.
Furthermore, with Rangers representing something of an unknown quantity under the instruction of Steven Gerrard, Celtic have the chance to land the first big blow in the Glasgow rivalry this season, hosting Rangers in the first Old Firm clash of the campaign. Should Celtic record another huge victory, it will put a huge dent in the Rangers psyche early in the season, which will give them a solid basis to build another treble on.
More to follow…