Date: 2nd October 2017 at 6:18pm
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The first stage of the 2017/18 season has undoubtedly been hughely successful for Celtic with the events of the last ten days emphasising that point.

Aberdeen may be sharing top spot at the moment but with the Dons out of Europe and the League Cup their current position is probably more relevant to the battle for second spot than a title bid.

Celtic wise it has gone as good as could as anyone could have hoped for. Sure there has been two draws in the SPFL but it’s no coincidence that they both came on the back of successful European away matches.

Crucially the group stage of the Champions League has been reached and rather than indulge in back slapping the team is making progress in that critical arena.

A home win over Anderlecht in December will guarantee European football after Christmas, for the super optimist the head-to-head matches with Bayern Munich could open up even greater possibilities.

While there has been concerns over the lack of striking and central defensive options these situations have improved with unlikely injury runs in those positions clearing up.

To last season’s squad Tony Ralston, Olivier Ntcham, Jonny Hayes and Odsonne Eduord have been added with Kristoffer Ajer also getting a look in at the top team.

October promises to be demanding month shaped around the Bayern Munich ties and a Hampden date with Hibs, to retain the momentum and build on the results so far three players above all others are required to be in top form.