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Celts' Starting Flag For Title Defence

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By Taz on Jul 30, 2022 at 10:16 AM
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    Celts' Starting Flag For Title Defence
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    Ange's Bhoys secured the club's 52nd League title back in May

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    Celtic Park, Glasgow
    Sunday, 31 July 2022
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    This Sunday sees the return of the Hoops to kick off their League title defence against the visitors from Aberdeen.

    After a month of pre-season friendlies and tribute matches, Ange Postecoglou's Bhoys will be keen to get down to business for real, following the formalities of the traditional flag raising ceremony.

    And for those in the stands it will be this first taste of proper action that will give the resl first indicators of what may be in store for season 2022/23. With the credo of 'We Never Stop' still echoing and the Hoops' faithful, full of optimism and energy ready for Angeball 2.0 and roar on the defending Champions.

    The summer break has been a busy time for Ange Postecoglou, who has not only added to his backroom team including the arrival of Harry Kewell, but to the squad also, highlighted by securing the permanant signings of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota after their respective successful loan spells last term, in addition to a sprinkling of new signings also to augment the Champions for the challenges ahead.

    There is so much to look forward to, not least of which is the mouthwatering prospect of the return of the glitz and glamour of Champions League football to Paradise, but before any of that the season begins with the bread and butter of the League.

    Considering the start that the Celts had to last season, when they won just 3 of the first 7 games, there will be the expectation that the Bhoys can get off to a much more positive and consistant start this term, and to not have to be playing catch up for much of that campaign, and that begins with the visit of the Granite City outfit.

    February 2022: Jota was on target twice when these sides last met

    A New Look Dons

    While Celtic will be looking to carry forward the form from last season, Aberdeen had no shortage of dramas last season, and will be looking to make a significant improvemtn on what can only be considered a lacklustre 2021/22 campaign.

    Manager Jim Goodwin has been busy this summer, making no less than 10 signings already, including Duk from Benfica and on-loan Celtic defender Liam Scales, adding to a distinctly different lineup to the visitor's squad from last year. Aberdeen will have a lot to prove this season, and big part in these early stages will be overcoming the loss of the Dons' top goalscorer from the past two seasons, Lewis Ferguson and highly prized teenager Calvin Ramsey, who departed to Bolognia and Liverpool respectively.​

    It must be said that their early season form has been impressive, having won all 4 of their League Cup fictures, over Raith Rovers, Stirling Albion, Dumbarton & Peterhead, scoring 12 while not yet conceding a goal in competitive action.

    But how they step up against the Champions will be a different test entirely. Indeed, Celtic have been undefeated in the last 17 meetings between theses sides, winning 14 of those fixtures.

    Alexandro Bernabei, Moritze Jenz and Aaron Mooy will all be hoping to make their competitive debut

    Team News

    With this being the first competitove match of the season, Postecoglou has a few selection headaches, with a number of new signings, including the likes of Alexandro Bernabei, Aaron Mooy and Moritz Jenz among others looking to make their competitive debut this weekend.

    The Bhoys will likely be without defender Carl Starfelt, who picked up a hamstring injury while on International duty at the end of last season and has yet to feature in any of the pre-season outings. While he will not feature in this weekend's season curtain-raiser, the Swede has joined back with the first team training earlier this week.

    Postecoglou will also be without the services of Japanese midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi, who it was revealed picked up a leg gash in training this week. Ideguchi has had a troubled and rocky start to his Celtic career, after picking up a serious knock on debut back in January in the Scottish Cup tie with Annan Althetic, which curtailed his ability to make the sort of impact that his 3 compatriots, Kyogo, Hatate and Maeda have been able to since their respective arrivals last season.

    As for Aberdeen, Liam Scales will have to sit this one out as he cannot play against his parent club, and will join injured duo Connor Barron and Jack McKenzie. The Dons however, are likely to feature new signings Hayden Coulson and Callum Roberts.


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