He was in the starting line-up vs. Litex Lovech in the match for the Supercup of Bulgaria, which they won with 1:0.
After the many sold players in the summer break in 2008, he had become an integral part together with Kiril Kotev in the heart of CSKA Sofia’s defence, showing his great talent. On 19 September 2008, Ivanov scored his first goal for CSKA against Minyor Pernik. He headed in a goal after a corner kick in the 67th minute. The result of the match was a 2:0 win for CSKA. On 18 March 2009, he scored his second goal for CSKA Sofia, helping the club from the Bulgarian capital to secure a 3:1 win against Ivanov's former club Lokomotiv Plovdiv. He continued his goalscoring run against Spartak Varna on 21 March 2009 to consolidate the 2:0 away win for the "redmen". On 11 April 2009, Ivanov scored the winning goal for the "armymen" in the away game against Minyor Pernik. Ivanov continued his scoring spree in the match against Vihren Sandanski on 22 April 2009, he scored the first goal of the match and CSKA won 4:1.