Brendan Rodgers intends to finish the job
Celtic fans celebrated a historic double-treble when becoming the first Scottish side to win all three domestic competitions two seasons on the bounce. A 2-0 result over Motherwell at Hampden in the final of the Scottish Cup took Brendan Rodgers’ tally to six trophies from six.
The former Liverpool gaffer has since been linked to a move away from Glasgow to a number of major clubs, but he assures fans he is happy in his current position, loving life at Parkhead and there to stay for the foreseeable future. Fans north of the border have Rodgers vs ex-employee Steven Gerrard to look forward to next season with the former Liverpool and England captain taking charge at Rangers. The Old Firm derby just got more exciting.
This current Celtic team continue to make and break records in the Scottish Premiership but the one all fans want to see is The Hoops secure a famous 10 league titles in-a-row. Both Celtic and Rangers have won nine each during periods of dominance but neither has been able to get through a decade untouched. Is that all about to change? There will never be a better chance for The Bhoys to do it with their bitter rivals relegated to the bottom division and then struggling to find their feet when back amongst the big boys.
Rangers fans across the city are hoping against all hope Gerrard is the man to stop the rot and give the Ibrox club their dignity back. They’ve taken no end of stick from Celtic supporters in recent years – as you’d expect – but have been quietly nursing their fury. Mark Warburton, Pedro Caixinha, Graeme Murty – they’ve all fell way short of what’s expected. Surely Gerrard can make life a bit more manageable for the long-suffering Bears?
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Ticket row sets the mood
The 2018/19 campaign promises to be a thrilling renewal of that age-old battle and Rangers made the first move, cutting Celtic’s ticket allocation for matches at Ibrox. The Hoops responded in kind by slicing the number of seats Rangers are allowed at Parkhead. It’s tit-for-tat but sets us up nicely for game one. Demand for season tickets in Govan has been so high – smashing through the 40,000 mark – the club said they had to reduce the number of tickets available to travelling supporters.
That means Ibrox could be a ghost town if Celtic continue their recent winning ways in the derby or it could create a special atmosphere if Gerrard is able to claw back a bit of respect in the head-to-head numbers. In their current form bookmakers are in no mood to take Celtic on and Coral have offered punters a price on 10 in-a-row.
Last season’s title means the club have now claimed 49 in their history – five behind Rangers’ tally – and they’re now on seven straight. Do they have another three in them? It would be difficult to back against it unless there’s a real turnaround at Ibrox over the next few years. If Gerrard’s appointment proves to be a failed gamble that will surely hand The Bhoys 10. Coral traders expect that to be the case and there’s no more than 4/7 available on Celtic winning three more consecutive titles.
Looking at the 2018/19 campaign and the early betting has Celtic 1/10 against Rangers 8/1 and Aberdeen 35/1.