By the standards Brendan Rodgers has set at Celtic, anything less than a title win won’t do at Celtic Park next season.
Indeed, last season the Hoops completed successive trebles and well and truly established themselves as the dominant football club in Scotland. Even with Rangers back in the SPL, Celtic seem to be in a league of their own in the Scottish top flight. Celtic this season will be seeking to win their 8th League title in a row, showing their domination in recent times.
One area Rodgers will have pinpointed that he needs to improve in is in Europe, after the Bhoys unceremoniously crashed out of both the Champions League and Europa League last season, competing in the latter stages of a European competition is surely the next step for the Celtic Park outfit.
Expectations are high at Celtic, and Brendan Rodgers needs to deliver on these expectations. With the calibre of player available to him, he should be able to give the Celtic fans what they want. A challenge will be to keep hold of his best young talents.
With that in mind, here is the dream August for Celtic…
AEK Athens in the Champions League should be the toughest test in August for the Hoops. They need to make sure they give everything in all Champions League games, as European success is the next on the list to push the Green & Whites forward.
When you look at the Scottish Premiership, no less than nine points from three should be accepted. Newly promoted Livingston face the daunting prospect of a visit to Celtic Park, before Celtic travel to the Capital to play Hearts, before welcoming Hamilton Academical. With the talent running through the squad, it surely has to be three wins for a dream August.
Brendan Rodgers should battle to keep hold of Kieran Tierney, amid speculation Italian giants Juventus are interested in the Isle of Man born player for a fee of £30m.
Quite simply the best left-back in the SPL, he is capable both defensively and offensively. He has great vision, awareness and can deliver pinpoint crosses into the box. The player is a major asset to Celtic, and his stock will only continue to rise if Celtic do well in European competitions.
Although he might eventually lose the player, Rodgers needs to hold onto this player for as long as possible.