Soccer Football - Champions League - Group F - Shakhtar Donetsk v Celtic - Stadion Wojska Polskiego, Warsaw, Poland - September 14, 2022 Shakhtar Donetsk's Marian Shved in action with Celtic's Greg Taylor REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

With Celtic having now played their final match before the international break, Ange Postecoglou’s side can take stock of everything that has gone before them.

This is a season like no other player has experienced with the World Cup being held so late in the year meaning there will be a huge gap of domestic football throughout November and December.

Having won the league title last season, the Hoops didn’t have to navigate their way through tough Champions League qualifiers and could focus solely on domestic affairs until the group stages begun.

Had the Scottish champions not lost in Paisley in Sunday, they would have went into this first break with a perfect record in the league as well as booking a place in the quarter final of the Premier Sports Cup.

Celtic currently sit top of the table with a two-point advantage as well as a large goal difference having won six of their opening seven fixtures.

Ange Postecoglou’s side currently sit third in their Champions League group after picking up a point away from home against Shakhtar Donetsk.

With four games left in the competition, Celtic will be hoping to get their first victory in the tournament with defender Greg Taylor pledging that his side will look to come back stronger.

“Domestically we have been pretty strong in the first part of the season,” said Greg Taylor speaking to the Glasgow Times. 

“In Europe the performances have been pretty much there in the two games, albeit there was a 30 minute spell in the Real Madrid game where they were more ruthless than us up front.

“As a team I think we have performed strongly in the first part of the season.

“But we hope there is more to come from us as a group and we will strive to continue to improve when we return after the international break.”

Sunday’s defeat to St Mirren may act as a bit of a reality check for some players as Postecoglou has been keen to emphasise that his side haven’t achieved anything yet.

Lessons will be learned and Celtic will look to get back to winning ways against Motherwell at the beginning of October.


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