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Celtic Thrash Rangers After Destroying Aberdeen, Is The Premiership Already Over?

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

The Scottish Premiership had become one of the most one-sided Leagues in Europe in the last few years. Last season, Celtic clinched the Premiership title for the fifth season running. The one-horse race for the title was mostly due to their arch rivals Rangers’ absence from the top tier of Scottish football since their liquidation. While Rangers were making their way back to the Premiership with three promotions in four years, Celtic eased to the title with 16, 19, 17 and 15 points lead respectively from the second place.

With Rangers, the most successful Scottish club, back in the Premiership, the situation was thought to be changing but it has so far looked like an easy ride for Celtic once again. The Hoops thrashed their bitter local rivals Rangers 5-1 in the Premiership on Saturday as Brendan Rodgers maintained his 100% start in the Premiership. In the last two games, Celtic have outclassed last two seasons’ runners up Aberdeen 4-1 and potential title contenders Rangers 5-1. So, does this mean that is will another walk in the park for the Hoops?

It is still early days of the new season and might seem a bit premature but Celtic should convincingly make their way to the title this season too. The quality of the Celtic team is too good for the Premiership level and under the stewardship of a manager like Brendan Rodgers who has ample experience in his locker despite his young age, the Hoops should have an easy ride this season.

GLASGOW , SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Brendan Rodgers Celtic's manager celebrates after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on September 10, 2016 in Glasgow. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)
GLASGOW , SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 10: Brendan Rodgers Celtic’s manager celebrates after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on September 10, 2016 in Glasgow. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Celtic have scored as many as 15 goals in just four Premiership games conceding just five. Despite Celtic dominating each and every game, the lack of clean sheets will be a bit concerning for Rodgers, though. However, the Bhoys are still adapting to life under the Northern Irish manager and already are dominating Scottish football. Their best is yet to come and that will prove to be too much for the rest of the Premiership.

Rodgers made the same mistake of going for quantity over quality in every transfer window during his Liverpool days but at Celtic, he has brought in sheer quality in the form of players like Scott Sinclair, Cristian Gamboa, Kolo Toure, Moussa Dembele et al. With so much quality and a nice blend of experience with youth, the Premiership will be a cakewalk for Celtic this season. All they need to do is to keep up the momentum. It just looks like a bridge too far for Rangers to challenge for the title this season.

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