The past 12 months have represented a year of unprecedented success for Celtic. A double treble was secured for the first time in the history of Scottish football by Brendan Rodgers and his players, who later picked up their seventh consecutive trophy.
Back in May, Celtic once again finished the league season as Champions to make it seven titles in a row before completing another treble by beating Motherwell 2-0 in the Scottish cup final at Hampden.
The summer transfer window didn’t quite go plan for Brendan Rodgers as the club missed out on a number of targets whilst top striker Moussa Dembele departed to Lyon.
This discontent from the manager continued into the start of the season as Celtic were knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers by AEK Athens. Subsequently the club moved into the Europa League group stages after getting past FK Suduva.
Defeats to Hearts and Kilmarnock continued a difficult start to the season before the Bhoys found their form in October with a 6-0 win away at St. Johnstone.
In December, another League Cup was won as Aberdeen were beaten 1-0 courtesy of a Ryan Christie goal.
Meanwhile in Europe, Celtic reached the last 32 of the Europa League where they will face Valencia after wins home and away against Rosenborg and an impressive 2-1 victory over RB Leipzig.
Whilst we could only pick five, some honourable mentions must go out to some other players. In defence, £13 million man Filip Benkovic has oozed class since joining on loan and will no doubt become a top defender. He has eased through every game in Scotland and looked a cut above. More recently, Ryan Christie, as surprising as it may seen from earlier in the year, has been undroppable. His impact off the bench in the League Cup semi final against Hearts was game changing and he has continued that form throughout the festive fixtures. Tom Rogic has been unplayable on his day and Odsonne Edouard, whilst still having a lot to learn, has showed everyone the talent he has.
But now as 2019 draws near, here’s our top five performers from this year.
5th Place: Dedryck Boyata
One of Celtic’s most improved players over 2018.
His shaky displays at the back were improved as he and his teammates wrapped up the treble earning him a place at the World Cup in Russia with Belgium, playing in all three group stage games.
Boyata let the club and his teammates down with his injury antics after he returned from the World Cup but has put all that behind him well.
Since his return to the side against Hamilton, where he netted the winner, he has been involved in 11 clean sheets in 13 domestic games.
The defender has formed a formidable partnership with Leicester loanee Filip Benkovic. Unfortunately, like the Croat, he is unlikely to be at Parkhead next season with a new contract looking unlikely.
4th Place: Kieran Tierney
Ever reliable and always gave everything for the shirt in 2018.
The 21-year-old reached 150 appearances this year, an incredible amount of games for a young player.
His defensive displays have been consistently faultless and Tierney is also a key attacking asset down the left and showed this with his goal in the win over RB Leipzig.
3rd Place: Callum McGregor
Mr consistent for Celtic.
McGregor has barely missed a game all year and has played attacking midfield, left midfield and most recently a deeper lying role.
A spectacular strike set Celtic on their way in the Scottish Cup final whilst the Scot also netted the winner against Zenit St. Petersburg in the first leg of the Europa League Last 32.
His versatility is key in this Celtic team and the way he dictates the play from deep has transformed Celtic’s form this season.
The 25-year-old earned his 200th appearance against Hibernian this month to complete a 2018 to remember.
2nd Place: Scott Brown
Picked up Player of the Year for the 2017/18 season and for good reason.
His utter domination in the middle of the park was outstanding as he lead the team to the double treble.
Despite his absence this season possibly leading to better attacking play his leadership cannot be underestimated.
The 1-2 home defeat to RB Salzburg was a prime example of what Celtic miss when Brown is out the team, especially against better opposition.
Brown also reached the massive milestone of 500 Celtic appearances in December, a remarkable achievement that will go down in the club’s history books.
1st Place: James Forrest
A clear winner for the Celtic player of the year for 2018.
Out of his 66 Celtic goals since joining in 2010, 16 have come in 2018 including a hat-trick against Partick Thistle in the Scottish cup.
The academy graduate also has 24 assists this year showing his old lack of end product has dramatically improved.
He produced a stand out performance in Perth with four first half goals in the 6-0 victory over St. Johnstone.
His form has also transferred onto the international scene with the winger grabbing his first Scotland goals with four in two games including a hat-trick against Israel.
Forrest got another career first with his goal against Rangers in the 5-0 drubbing at Celtic Park in April but overall has been the stand out performer this year.