Celtic recruited unbelievably well last season as Ange Postecoglou stamped his mark on the club, and a significant amount of their transfer budget this summer has gone on permanent deals for loan signings Jota, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Daizen Maeda.
However, Lorient defender Moritz Jenz has arrived on a loan deal with an option to buy and should prove a useful addition to the squad, as should free signing Aaron Mooy, who has worked with Postecoglou in the past for the Australian national side.
The Hoops certainly aren’t in any major need for surgery after a successful campaign that saw them wrestle back the title from Rangers. The gap may have only been four points at the end, but a +70 goal difference compared to their Old Firm rival’s +49 told a different story.
In addition, it’s worth noting that Celtic dropped 11 points across their first seven matches last term (W3-D1-L3), with a considerable amount of their transfer business conducted late in the summer or in January.
This time around the spine is already in place, so the hosts look set to go from strength to strength and start this season the way they finished up last term.
They’ve won 26 of 31 unbeaten league games dating back to the start of October, while at Parkhead alone it’s now 12 wins from 13. That includes some absolute wallopings there at the back end of the campaign, as Ross County (4-0), St. Johnstone (7-0), Hearts (4-1) and Motherwell (6-0) were all comfortably dispatched.
Celtic To Win And Over 2.5 Goals
Following a hugely disappointing campaign last term where only St. Johnstone and Dundee finished below them, Aberdeen have kicked off the new one with four successive victories in the League Cup.
They racked up a 12-0 combined scoreline across these fixtures, but enjoyed a fairly easy ride with their opponents Peterhead, Dumbarton, Stirling Albion and Raith Rovers.
Celtic produced a clean sweep over the Dons last term, but these were all narrow scorelines finishing either 2-1 or 3-2. The Hoops have in fact gone four without a clean sheet against their opponents here, while pre-season would also suggest that Celtic could be involved in some high-scoring games once more.
Following a 7-0 win over Wiener Viktoria, clashes with Rapid Vienna, Banik Ostrava, Blackburn and Legia Warsaw all saw both sides register two goals at a minimum, before a solid 2-0 win over Norwich.
Celtic are clearly in a different stratosphere to Aberdeen, but although they can offer up chances, their attacking threat remains deadly. Despite some ridiculous scorelines in pre-season, they remain unbeaten this summer and should be backed to claim an opening day victory.
Celtic and both teams to score certainly holds some appeal, though Celtic and over 2.5 goals is a steadier option with Postecoglou’s men capable of breaching that goal threshold on their own.
CELTIC TO WIN AND OVER 2.5 GOALS
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