Critical autumn fixtures provide comfort for Celtic


A big pitfall in the autumn fixtures is who you face after a demanding European game.  Teams are more likely to drop points domestic away from home immediately after an away European game than in any other scenario.

A few years back, Celtic had the misfortune of four domestic away games after European fixtures, a wave of complaints perhaps ensured these fixtures are now evenly spread, as they are this time.  Following our Champions League games, we have away trips to St Mirren, St Johnstone and Livingston, and we face Livingston, Hibs and Dundee United at home.

Livingston caused Celtic lots of problems last season, so facing them twice will cause some concern.  In their corresponding fixtures, Newco have home and away games against Aberdeen, who are a perennial thorn in the Ibrox club’s soft underbelly.  Points will be dropped by whoever is unprepared.

Celtic, Newco and Hearts – likely to be Scotland’s group stage competitors, are all kept apart after European games, to assist fixture scheduling problems.  Motherwell and Dundee United may surprise everyone and qualify for the Conference League groups.

Between the league kick-off at home to Aberdeen on 31 July and facing Ross County on 12 November, when club football breaks for the World Cup, Celtic will play 16 games in the league, six in the Champions League and probably two in the League Cup.

24 games in 15 weeks sounds like a lot, but it will be our lightest load at the start of the season in many years.  Others are likely to play 28 games in that time.

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  1. Bradley used to have a Celtic head cover…



    Is that no called a hat …😁😁😜

  2. The Onlooker on

    ST TAMS on 19TH JUNE 2022 11:09 AM




    I noticed that his white golf shoes . Had a green and a yellow lace.






    Keegan Bradley was definitely letting the crowd know where his Boston allegiances lay, his golf shoes had the following



    Green for the Celtics


    Yellow for the Bruins


    He also # 27 on his shoes , a nod to his wife’s Uncle (Carlton Fisk) who’s Red Sox number was retired.



    It worked… they chanted his name all the way on to the 18th green.




    The Onlooker

  3. IniquitousIV on

    After the good news on CCV, movement on incomings seems to have ground to a halt. What can be stalling the Jota deal?

  4. bigrailroadblues on

    18 Yard Man, Gene. I’ve been in bars in Ibiza, New York and Cancun but not in the space of three weeks. 😂🍺

  5. Watching the cricket from The Netherlands – DJ belting out some tunes. Thoughts went back to when my dad took me to The West of Scotland cricket ground in the late 50s. Don’t think he’d be impressed.

  6. Tom McLaughlin on




    Do you begrudge Jota a holiday at the end of a triumphant season? They’re not due back on duty till a week tomorrow.



    Stop panicking.

  7. He must be doing a tour of sunny Celtic supporters clubs before settling into a Scottish winter campaign 😁😜

  8. St Tams good luck with Fitzgerald & Bradley



    Marspapa likewise with Moriwaka



    I will help you bhoys out by putting a wee shillings on Scottie Scheffleur (sic) at 6/1 …



    Canny beat the final day of a major



    Also done a daftie at 200/1 both McIlroy & Rahm not to have a bogey … a fool and his money are easily parted

  9. Before the golf gets serious BBC Scotland at 7.15pm tonight Pat Nevin documentary on Scotland u-18s winning a major trophy back the early 80s



    A young Maestro should be worth the watch alone

  10. St Tams



    That should be good luck with “ Zalatoris and Bradley” not sure where Fitzgerald came from :-)

  11. glendalystonsils on



    Jota to be announced Friday



    Aye but which Friday?

  12. That’s a good bit of business by the dons selling Ramsay to Liverpool- should be able to get some spfl stalwarts in to help them this season with that money

  13. Weather in Brookline not a whole lot different from that in Ayrshire, or yesterday in MA come to that. Obviously any player within a few shots can win it so more about being tough mentally out there on the course. Fitzpatrick won there as an amateur but buckled on the last round at the PGA last month, and Zetterlis lost at the play off. Rory needs to keep putting those pars or he’ll fade away, think I’ll go with the Schuffler, seemed the most magnanimous at the end of his round last night in the way he interacted with his caddie, Good sign in my book. Great night of golf ahead of us. Kinda thankful the World Cup is getting played late in the year now, and that we are in the CL group stage, gives us a chance to enjoy the summer sports the way we used to. Something to be said for that.