Celtic’s upcoming Europa League second leg clash with Zenit will define how much progress the club has made this season under Brendan Rodgers.
The Hoops have been nowhere near as consistent in the league this season, as they have lost two matches and drawn seven, in comparison to no defeats and four draws last season.
That was always likely to happen as the unbeaten domestic season last year was a one-off, but performances, particularly in Europe haven’t improved that much since last season.
The Bhoys’ home form in the Champions League was dreadful, losing all three matches, and they only made it to the Europa League last 32 thanks to an away win over Anderlecht.
The league form has suffered too, as the Hoops sit only nine points clear of Aberdeen and Rangers and seem on the verge of getting dragged into an unlikely title race.
The superb performance in the home leg against Zenit seemed to come out of the blue, and showed that when they want to, this Celtic side can be as good as it wants to be.
However, those performances have been few and far between this season, and if the Bhoys crash out of Europe to Zenit it will only strengthen the opinion that the team needs to be freshened up in the summer, to be ready for the challenges of Europe next season.
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