Celtic’s Nir Bitton believes that the Scottish champions have considered this season to be far more “difficult” than from what they found it last term.
Last year the Bhoys won their first domestic treble since 2001 and completed their first unbeaten season since the 1890s.
This season though, despite the British unbeaten domestic record stretching to 69 games and the Betfred Cup being retained with a 2-0 victory over Motherwell at Hampden Park, has saw the Hoops drop more points so far this season than in the entirety of last season.
As quoted by The Herald, Bitton has claimed that the “crazy” schedule and teams wanting to end the unbeaten run has contributed to that.
“All the teams we face want to take our unbeaten run. We’ve lost more points this season than last season. It’s difficult this time,” he said.
“The amount of games we are having to play is crazy. Some of our boys have played over 30 matches and it’s not yet January. But you need to enjoy that, deal with it, and make sure that your body is ready.”
Bitton has had an interesting season so far, playing at centre-back far more than his natural midfield position due to Celtic’s injury crisis at the back, including in some vital Champions League qualifiers.
Despite some indifferent performances, the Bhoys are still clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, currently five points ahead – with a game in hand – of closest challengers Rangers and Aberdeen.
Celtic play both Rangers and Aberdeen at Celtic Park in the next fortnight, in a pair of games that will go a long way towards determining the outcome of the Scottish Premiership title race.
In other Celtic news, Tom Rogic has given fans an injury update