Celtic captain Scott Brown believes the current squad is the strongest it has been in quite some time, believing they are well prepared to fight for eight-in-a-row and domestic honours once again.
Although the Hoops have already played European fixtures, with another coming on Wednesday night in Norway, the Scottish Premiership season has yet to begin.
The first fixture comes this Saturday when the reigning champions host new boys Livingston at Celtic Park.
With Rangers theoretically strengthening from the Pedro Caixinha disaster, Aberdeen continuing to prove resolute, Hibs on the up under Neil Lennon and Kilmarnock looking good under Steve Clarke, next season could be one of the most competitive in Scottish football for years.
Scott Brown believes that despite a lack of new signings, nobody has arrived that wasn’t here last season, the squad is in perfect shape.
As quoted by The Daily Record, the captain said:
The squad is phenomenal just now to be perfectly honest. I think fitness levels, it’s right up there. Quality wise, it’s got to be up there as well.
We’ve got Ryan Christie, we’ve got Scott Allan that has come back, we have Michael Johnston coming through, and Calvin Miller who’s pushing on as well. I’m sure everyone will get the chance with the games we have coming up.
We’ve had a great pre-season, we need to make sure we kick on now in the Champions League qualifiers and in the league.
The squad is probably about as fit and strong as it’s been in a long time.
There’s been some mild unrest in the support about Celtic’s lack of transfer business, especially in the defensive areas, but Broony is clearly of the belief that the team are ready to go.
Far from being complacent, that confidence has only served the Hoops well in recent years. The self-belief that we are the best team around has made them machine-like in securing results under Brendan Rodgers.
Despite little transfer activity, there’s little doubt that the Bhoys will be favourites to land the treble treble.
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