THE more things change, the more they stay the same.
Celtic kicked off the new season yesterday in an identical manner to the way they brought down the curtain on the previous campaign.
On June 3 in Glasgow – Hampden to be exact – the Hoops enjoyed a two-goal margin of success in their 3-1 victory over Highland opposition, Inverness Caley Thistle, to lift the Scottish Cup to seal the world record eighth domestic treble.
Parkhead, across the city from the national stadium, was the venue when the champions got the latest crusade underway with another two-goal margin in the 4-2 triumph over Malky Mackay’s Highlanders of Ross County.
A packed house watched Brendan Rodgers’ first return to competitive action in the Celtic Park dug-out as David Turnbull claimed the opening goal of the new term via the penalty spot in the 17th minute.
The comeback midfielder added another after Kyogo Furuhashi had opened his account to add to the 54 goals he has netted in his previous two campaigns.
Matt O’Riley was the other marksman with a shot that almost ripped the net away from behind the stranded Ross Laidlaw.
The Flag Day achievement is worth a second look courtesy of those good folk at Celtic TV.