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Will Celtic win their eighth consecutive league title next season?

On 29 April 2018, Celtic once again proved that they are the best Scottish football team by claiming their seventh successive Premiership title. It wasn't just the fact that they picked up the title that made it such a memorable day, as the fact that they beat their rivals, Rangers, 5-0, also made the triumph even sweeter.

So where can Celtic go from here? Both Rangers and Celtic have managed to pick up nine consecutive league wins before, and so the pressure will be on their manager, Brendan Rodgers, to deliver the goods once again in the 2018/19 season. Although the odds on Scottish Premiership matches at usually give Celtic the upper hand, it seems that their dominance could be waning.

Whilst some of Celtic's previous Premiership triumphs have been almost too easy, it's clear that they faced a few challenges in the 2017/18 season. Not only are Rangers finally starting to look like they can play some quality football, but Aberdeen's shock 1-0 defeat of Celtic at Parkhead on the season's final day also proves that Brendan Rodger's team are not invincible. Although Celtic won the Premiership title by a clear nine points ahead of their closest competitors, Aberdeen, the evidence suggests that next season's title race could be much more interesting.

Already there are plenty of rumours about what could be the key features during the summer transfer period. In particular, it's Celtic's occasionally leaky defence that will need the greatest amount of attention. Whilst Kris Ajer has been a constant in the Celtic defence, other players like Jozo Simunovic have fared less well, and we can expect Brendan Rodgers making a big-name signing to fill the centre-back position.

Celtic's midfield has proven to be consistently strong. But as the captain, Scott Brown, is now edging towards his mid-thirties, it seems that the time could be right to start thinking about a potential replacement. Already names like Hibernian's John McGinn have been linked with a possible move to Parkhead. And as the Celtic midfielder, Stuart Armstrong's contract will expire soon, we think there could be big changes afoot this summer.

Moussa Dembele's goalscoring talents have been a constant source of joy for the Parkhead faithful. But with constant rumours that the French striker could be the subject of a £15 million move to Villarreal, it seems that Brendan Rodgers will need to think about finding someone else to fill the forward's role.

Regardless of what happens in the transfer market, it's clear that the newly energised Aberdeen and Rangers teams will give Celtic plenty of competition in the 2018/19 season. So whilst we've enjoyed plenty of Celtic success in the past 12 months, it seems that the next year could be much trickier to predict.

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