This weekend will see the third tie between Celtic and Rangers* and the first time at Celtic Park for this fixture.
While many want to take the pre-match talk away from the pitch to focus on loud mouths like Joey Barton we want to put focus on Celtic and what they need to do in order to continue their 100% start to the SPFL season.
There’s no doubt about it, Celtic have looked impressive under Brendan Rodgers in the SPFL in their first three outings. In those one home and two away games Celtic have taken the maximum nine points, scoring ten goals in the process and conceding four.
It’s mostly positive for the bhoys on a domestic front with one niggle that needs to be addressed and that is the lack of a clean sheet so far.
In their games against Hearts, St Johnstone and Aberdeen, the bhoys have failed to keep a clean sheet. Lapses in concentration seem to be the main culprit so far along with Rodgers desire to make Dorus De Vries his number one which could also be playing a factor.
Yes, we’re only three games in and some fans will be greetin’ their faces off that I’m pointing out a negative, I don’t do so to put the team down, I highlight it as an issue that the support and the manager will be keen to address and I think will be.
It’s the infancy of Rodgers reign as Celtic manager, so I reiterate we should be patient but in his first ten games the team has only managed two clean sheets and that was against Lincoln Red Imps and Motherwell.
Rodgers opted to put his new goalkeeping signing Dorus De Vries ahead of current number 1 Craig Gordon a week ago, it would seem logical that he will pick Dorus for this weekend’s game. If he could yield a clean sheet between the sticks, it will go a long way for his confidence and the new look defence.
We’re still in a very strong position, while our defending is a work in progress our attackers seem to be firing on all cylinders and that’s what should make the difference.