The team’s physical and spiritual transformation in recent weeks allowed us to get that result against Leipzig. This could be the making of Celtic’s season.
Players are evolving into strong or stronger characters. Taking their place as key contributors in this squad.
There is a shift within the team which is beginning reshape the way we look and feel altogether. A team without Scott Brown as the anchor man was unthinkable.
Since he got injured, enforced changes have been a blessing of sorts. The club captain is an important figure in this side and with the fans.
The rest of the team has shown that they can perform without him. Even though he is in the final year of his current contract, I don’t think that necessarily spells the end of Broony.
It is encouraging though that we are beginning to see the talent in this squad shine. Callum McGregor, James Forrest, Kieran Tierney, Filip Benkovic, Kris Ajer, Tom Rogic, Odsonne Edouard, Oliver Ntcham and now Ryan Christie have all been exceptional under Brendan Rodgers this season.
Benkovic aside, all of these guys have long-term futures at the club, with Ntcham the latest to pen a new deal. Christie could well be the next to agree new terms, following his recent rise in popularity.
I also hope to see more of Lewis Morgan. He looks to be a sound investment and could have a key part to play as the season progresses.
Of course, Brendan will still be counting on the contribution of maturer players in the team. They have as big a part to play, but the future is bright with the young talent we have at our disposal.
And so onto today’s lunchtime meeting with Livingston. The West Lothian club started off this campaign strongly, but their form has taken a bit of a battering of late, losing their last two games.
What won’t help them today is that Celtic’s form of late has been devastating. They lost the first game of the season 3-1 at Celtic Park and defeat today be three straight losses.
Despite having dropped to 8th in the league, they are still only 8 points off the top spot with two games at hand over Hearts. So there is an incentive for them to claw themselves back up the league again.
The incentive for Celtic is not only about maintain their own form. A win today (or a draw for that matter) would put them back on top of the league.
Hearts lost at home to Kilmarnock yesterday and now have the same form (2 wins, 2 defeats, 1 draw) in their last five games as Livingston. Should Celtic get the right result today and retake their place at the top of the Scottish Premiership, I don’t expect to see the Hoops shift.
Celtic are firing on all cylinders right now and the momentum is building. Nobody will want to give up their place in the team whilst others will be champing at the bit to be involved.
This is a good period for Celtic. You can feel the difference.
Long may it continue. Next stop, Almondvale Stadium.