Why we should all be ready for the most competitive season in a decade

Updated: Sep 25

Celtic fans holdings scarfs above head

Celtic's inaugural home game of the campaign welcomes back 24,500 fans to Parkhead later today as Ange Postecoglou looks to guide his team to their first three points of the season.

Early season sentiments - seemingly confirmed by defeats at the hands of both Midtjylland in the Champions League qualifier and Hearts in the SPL - were that a Celtic title challenge might be a task too steep to achieve in the 2021/22 campaign.

This was due in part to the less than desirable situation that Ange Postecoglou found himself in when choosing to take the biggest job of his career thus far.

Not only did he inherit a team 25 points off the pace last season as the club chased the elusive ten titles in a row, but he walked into a dressing room that no matter where he looked, there were players not good enough to wear the jersey or some that thought they were better than it, and had downed tools in some sort of counter-intuitive protest.

This is not to mention the earthquake caused by the Celtic board, who kindly provided their new man in charge with a dust pan and brush to clean up the collateral damage that ensued.

Always with one eye on the other side of the city, Rangers also seemed comfortable that they would continue last season's unbeaten league form into the new campaign with a draw against Arsenal and a win versus Real Madrid in pre-season.

But this week, the sentimental needle on the 'Old Firm Richter scale' appears to have shifted...

Five incidents happened that have completely changed the narrative ahead of Dundee's visit to Paradise.

'Invincibles', Rangers have lost two games in quick succession, with defeats away at Malmö and Dundee United, whilst Celtic paraded two marquee signings plucked from the Premiership, in Joe Hart and James McCarthy as well as picking up their first win of the season, scoring four goals in the process.

Suddenly, as the fans return to Celtic Park for a league match for the first time in well over a year, there's a renewed sense of optimism that the club can mount a serious challenge to wrestle the Scottish Premiership back from the other side of the city.

If early season performances and score lines are anything to go by, this season could end up seeing a repeat of Helicopter Sunday.

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