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Celtic can repeat unbeaten heroics, insists Sinclair

By Andy Newport

Celtic forward Scott Sinclair has set his sights on another unbeaten season.

Brendan Rodgers' treble winners completed a remarkable campaign last term by going 47 games without losing to Scottish opposition.

The Hoops will learn tomorrow who they will kick off the new campaign against when the 2017-18 fixtures are announced.

And double Player of the Year award winner Sinclair reckons his team are more than capable of extending their incredible record into a second year.

Asked if the team could go unbeaten again this term, the Englishman said: "I'd like to think so. When we go into these games we'll be looking to do exactly the same as we did last year.

"I think we're much stronger now (than at the beginning of last season). Throughout last year, game by game I thought we improved dramatically from the start to the finish.

"We started well and finished even stronger. If we can do that again going into this season then hopefully we can do the same."

Celtic will soon fly out for a training camp and three-game tour of Austria and the Czech Republic, before rounding off their preparations for their opening Champions League qualifier with a friendly clash against Shamrock Rovers in Dublin on July 8.

Celtic could yet extend their stay on the Emerald Isle with the possibility of a July 12 showdown with Northern Irish champions Linfield looming, should the Blues overcome San Marino's La Fiorita in the first round.

Sinclair is confident his side would handle the powder-keg clash should it materialise.

"The atmosphere is high any time we play," he said. "We're always the team to beat so everyone will be looking forward to it.

"Every team comes out trying to beat us so no matter who we play it will be a difficult game.

"I'd say (making progress in Europe) is one of the main aims for us this season. The main thing first of all is to get into the group stages. Once we do that then we can talk about how far we want to take it."

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