Competition is hard to come by in the SPFL and after the record-breaking season just gone, it was always going to be hard to emulate it.

But how exactly are Celtic doing, matched up against themselves from this time last year?

While the team is still unbeaten there has been a couple more hiccups along the way this time and some players who need to up their game. I know how ludicrous that sounds when you look at Celtic’s overall run but put them up against last season’s Celtic and they’re six points off the pace!

Celtic have drawn three more games dropping those six points. They also had scored 12 more goals BUT they did concede five more. That lays waste to may people saying Celtic’s defence has been in the midst of a crisis after not signing suitable cover in the summer. Nir Bitton proving valuable in the league for sure.

Also, Celtic are going into their last Champions League game with one more point than last season. On matchday five last year the team had 2 points after draw with Monchengladbach and Man City. They would draw with Man City on matchday six to give an overall three points in the group, the tally the club have already going into Tuesday’s showdown with Anderlecht.

I think Celtic fans will take that ALL day. Conceding some ground domestically, if it means getting Europe beyond Christmas then it’s a worthy trade-off.

You sense Celtic really haven’t got properly going this season yet but they’re still finding points and wins and eeking out results. When they do hit full flow they will go further ahead but I don’t think they’ll beat last years points haul.