The unbeaten start
The Scottish Premiership has kicked off to a flying start with three teams unbeaten. As the new season starts to take shape there has already been lots of dramatic action and spectacular individual masterpieces.
Celtic have started their defence of the Scottish Premiership title with an unbeaten record. Currently sitting second in the table with a goal difference of 6, Brendan Rodgers side is looking sharper than ever.
Celtic look to be strengthening their squad through making new signings and bringing in new academy players. The Celts splashed £4.5 million on Olivier Ntcham, the midfielder from Manchester City. As well as Kundai Benyu joining on a free transfer after leaving Ipswich, Jonny Hayes from Aberdeen and this week the return of Patrick Roberts (pictured) on a season long loan from Manchester City.
Celtics first game of the season was against Heart of Midlothian winning 4-1. After the impressive home start, the in form team then went on to win away against Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock and draw at home against St Johnstone.
What’s been more impressive is seeing the confidence of the academy players that have entered the first team. Three teenagers, Tony Ralston 18, Calvin Miller 19, Kundai Benyu 19, all have had a notable impact on the game with quality plays, vision and showing nerves of steel. Not only does this give confidence for the future of the club but by playing with the first team, the senior players will inspire these players to adapt and undertake a commanding style of play.
Starting the season sharply, St Johnstone find themselves third in the table with a goal difference of 5. After bringing in a few quality players which provide great options and a clear ability to improve the team, St Johnstone are playing with a winning presence.
After starting off their season with a 1-2 away win to Kilmarnock, they then went on to gain a comfortable 4-1 win over Motherwell. Next, it was Partick Thistle if they won this game it would be the first time they would have won their first three Scottish Premiership games. After the Saints lost to Thistle in the League cup 11 days before, the worry was the team would show up lacking confidence but the opposite was shown on the day. Michael O’Halloran struck in the 33rd minute to score his fourth goal of the season and give the team the well-deserved lead which they managed to defensively hold onto until the end of the game.
Over the past weekend St. Johnstone traveled away for a top team clash against Celtic. With both teams currently unbeaten and with both sides hitting the back of the net 7 times it looked to be a hard fought contest between the two in form sides. The Saints drew away at Celtic park, gaining themselves one point - this result no-doubt will inspire the team further into the season.
Aberdeen have started the domestic season with exceptionally high standards. With an unbeaten record in the Scottish Premiership and League cup, the Reds need to keep up form and improve to maintain their position at the top of the table and not let standards slip.
The 17/18 season sees Aberdeen with one of the strongest squads in recent years. With new signings, players coming back from injury and rising stars entering the team, there is real competition for a spot on the starting line up. This season Aberdeen have reinforced their attacking threat through signings such as Greg Stewart and Nicky Maynard. On the defensive front, the back line has continued to improve from their impressive form last year. With an experienced back four which have become accustomed to each other, they have shown their strengths and have been recognised by boss Derek McInnes who has praised their performance.
The Dons aim to keep up their good start and high standards with an away win against Heart of Midlothian. Aberdeen currently have odds of 14/1 to win the league at the end of the season. With more cohesive play and good decision making, the Reds hope to seal all three points and keep their unbeaten record.