After the longest close season in history, the SPFL Premiership returns this weekend. Your 9 in a row champions, Celtic, will unfurl the league flag at a deserted Celtic Park on Sunday when we open our campaign against Hamilton.
Tens of thousands of Celtic fans will have to make do with their TV season pass until at least September 14th, likely longer still. Hopefully everyone will be able to access the service without any hiccups that we have seen from Celtic TV in the past.
Manager Neil Lennon has sorted out the goalkeeping situation after what appears to be a late change of mind from Fraser Forster about a return and signed Greek International Vasilis Barkas, from the video’s I’ve seen he looks a worthy replacement. The club are still in the hunt for another striker with Peterborough’s Ivan Toney seemingly interested in a move north while his club try to start a bidding war. West Ham’s Albian Ajeti has asked for more time to consider his options.
The club go into this season having kept all our big players, apart from the on loan Forster, and we should be in confident mood as we go for ten in a row. Refreshed and eager to achieve history.
The lack of fans may prove a boost to opposing sides arriving at Celtic Park and Hamilton will be looking to send shock waves throughout the league by spoiling the flag ceremony. The Accies have added a few new additions to their side, Callum Smith from Airdrie, Charlie Trafford from ICT, Ross Callachan from St Johnstone and Tunde Owolabi who joins on loan from FC United of Manchester having had a prolific season before the premature end, banging in 35 goals.
It will be a strange time watching Celtic in the coming months and we can only hope we get the green light soon to get back to having fans in the stadiums if the virus can be put under control.
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Check out former Celtic player, Barry Smith as he looks ahead to the weekend’s big games when he chatted to the Editor, Andrew Milne on the Celtic Soul Podcast yesterday.
Mick Kane hails from Glasgow. He has been hooked on Celtic since he went to his first game when he was 7. Celtic beat Hamilton 8-3 at Celtic Park on the 3rd of January 1987. His favourite player at the time, Brian McClair scored four goals.
He started going regular as a 16 year old when Celtic played at Hampden for the season, being a Southsider it meant a short train journey to get to Hampden. From then he has had a season ticket travelled around Europe for games as Celtic became the dominant force in Scottish football again. A nice change from growing up during Rangers run to 9 in a row.