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Celtic are having the perfect Scottish season

Wednesday 18th January 2017
By this time of the season, all the leagues and tables are starting to shape up. Giving us more of a rough idea of whereabouts certain teams could finish. In Scotland however, one team seems to be sailing away with the Scottish Premiership.

With 20 games played so far, Celtic are currently sitting top. They are one place above their biggest rivals Glasgow Rangers who they recently beat 2-1 at Ibrox. Even with the result, Rangers have done surprisingly well to get back to where they are. But Celtic are 19 points ahead of them on 58 points.

So far Celtic have won 19 of their 20 games, drawn 1 and lost 0. They've scored a whopping 54 goals averaging 2.7 goals per game. Conceding 14, that's less than 1 goal a game.

Key signings for Celtic this season have been Cristian Gamboa who signed from West Bromwich Albion. Another signing was Scott Sinclair from Aston Villa. Erik Sviatchenko arrived from Midtjylland in Denmark. Kolo Toure also arrived from Liverpool and Moussa Dembele joined from Fulham.

The last time Celtic lost in the Scottish Premiership was back on 11th May 2016 against St. Johnstone. They did pretty well to reach the Champions League group stage but got drawn in one of the toughest groups. With Barcelona, Man City and Borussia Monchengladbach drawn as opponents, Celtic found it tough. They only managed 3 points and were knocked out.

Despite being knocked out of the Champions League, Celtic couldn't be beaten in the Scottish premiership. With result after result, their confidence wasn't knocked with great performances from individuals.

Key goal scorers for the team include Scott Sinclair, Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele who have a combined tally of 28 goals.

Many goals have also come from midfielders such as Tom Rogic, James Forrest and Stuart Armstrong. Many more Celtic players have also scored or contributed towards their successful performances and results.
Scott Brown still leads the line of his team with the captain's armband. Playing at Celtic for roughly 9 and half years, Scott Brown shows great leadership on the pitch. He's always been that old "rough and tumble" style player that you don't see many like him. Once he commits to a tackle there's no backing out of it.

He is well known for his physical ability and his "box to box" style of play. He's also known for his aggression. He has a history of getting in the book on many occasions and also getting sent off as well.

In between the sticks, this season for Celtic has mainly been Craig Gordon. At the age of 34, Gordon brings his experience into the game. In 17 appearances he has kept 11 clean sheets. Proving to be a vital role at Celtic, Craig Gordon continues to impress with his abilities.

With Brendan Rodgers now in charge, there have been a few changes and it looks like it is paying off for him and his side. Rodgers was successful managing his side in the Scottish League Cup Final against Aberdeen, beating them 3-0. This was his first piece of silverware in charge of Celtic.

So what lies in store for the Scottish Premiership for the rest of the season? Can Celtic carry on and finish the season without being defeated? All we know is that it has been great a season so far for "The Celts".

 
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.


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