Celtic had a fairly impressive first half of August, landing them at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership almost instantly. The impressive start domestically however must have taken something away from the side in Europe as they struggled to overcome a mediocre Malmo side.
The side's first professional game of the season came against Malmo in the UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round. The Scot's fielded a decently strong team but the game ended in a bore draw - even though Celtic had the majority of possession and many shots on goal. Left back Kieren Tierney recieved two yellow cards, meaning he was unavailable for the secong leg.
The first game in the Labrokes Premiership was a lot more impressive from Celtic, who beat Ross County soundly. Ramadan Sobhy opened the scoring after two minutes in his first league game, adding another fifty minutes into the game to finally kill any chances of a Ross County revival. Erik Sviatchenko and Patrick Roberts scored in the 24th and 27th minutes respectively.
In the second leg against Malmo, this time away, things were a lot different. Celtic fielded a weaker side and paid the price. Attacking midfielder Tom Rogic gave the side the lead after 5 minutes with a beautifully struck shot from outside of the box. Malmo managed to pull back three goals between the 30th and the 62nd minute to go 3-1 ahead, before Rogic scored another in the 65th, condemning the side to Europa League football this season.
In their second league game, Celtic powered home with a 2-0 victory away from home against Partick Thistle, in which Celtic dominated the game with 63% possession. Jozo Simunovic opened the scoring with a beautifully powered header after 3 minutes, before Ryan Christie finished from inside the box in the 64th minute.
Away at Kilmarnock, the hoops dominated possession once again, but were unable to finish their chances and paid the price of only returning home with one point.
Celtic's second home game of the season came against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who were sitting soundly in fourth before the game. New signing Makan Makalou started this game as Leigh Griffiths was in poor form and scored two minutes into his full debut to give the side the lead. Gary Mackay-Steven added another nineteen minutes later. Just before the break Inverness managed to pull one back, giving the side a reason not to become complacent. Nir Bitton netted from the penalty spot in the 71st minute after Ryan Christie was brought down in the box, before Kieren Tierney tried to place a long back pass that caught Craig Gordon off guard and shot into the top left corner of his own goal. Makan Makalou scored two more goals in the 85th and 89th minutes, completing his debut with a hat-trick.