Celtic deliver huge title response as rival pundits fail in bid to pile on the pressure

By David Walton

April 24, 2022

Celtic today delivered a hugely important response in the Scottish Premiership title fight despite many trying to pile the pressure on the Hoops.

Ange Postecoglou’s men bagged a vital 2-0 win in the Highlands against Malky Mackay’s Ross County side. It was a much nervier affair than many would’ve liked, but all that matters in the end was bagging the points.

Kyogo Furuhashi notched within the first 15 minutes before Jota wrapped up the points with just 3 minutes to spare. It was a hugely important victory even if it could’ve been more comfortable.

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And just as importantly, the result provides Rangers with a huge psychological hammer blow after days of Ibrox-supporting pundits trying to pile the pressure on the Parkhead side.

Barry Ferguson previewed the game earlier in the week by questioning whether Celtic had the bottle to get the job done here today [Daily Record]. Whether they would falter in Dingwall due to the pressure on us after the Hampden semi-final exit to Rangers.

Kevin Thomson, meanwhile, did similar in the build-up [Football Scotland], whilst Clyde 1 Superscoreboard’s Hugh Keevins floated the idea of another Helicopter Sunday as he questioned whether the Bhoys could secure the points today [Daily Record].

67 Hail Hail chats to Ange Postecoglou & Greg Taylor | Ross County vs Celtic Preview

67 Hail Hail chats to Ange Postecoglou & Greg Taylor | Ross County vs Celtic Preview
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Celtic secure the result and show big character in Dingwall

The victory ensures we retain our 6-point advantage in the title race heading into next weekend’s Glasgow derby against Rangers at Parkhead. A 6-point lead with only 4 matches remaining. It’s so close we can almost taste it.

In addition to that, the goal difference wasn’t damaged this weekend either. Celtic still have a GD advantage of 19, which effectively at this stage works as an extra point. So if we’re being honest, it’s a 7-point lead with only 4 games remaining.

But what was so impressive today was the character shown. We saw a different side to Celtic as opposed to the one that destroyed St Johnstone 7-0 at Parkhead a fortnight ago. The Hoops had to dig in and keep the back door shut in stages. But like true champions, the Hoops got there in the end in comfortable enough fashion.

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The attempts to throw a spanner in the works by pro-Ibrox pundits has fallen flat on its face. Celtic bounced back in a way our rivals were itching to avoid. In a manner that will suck yet more belief out of Ibrox ahead of next week.

Should Celtic win that vital Glasgow derby, it will leave our rivals knowing themselves that it’s definitely over. And the blow we’ve landed on them today could be crucial in giving us an advantage for that one.

Massive credit to Ange and the Bhoys today. That could’ve been a banana skin as there were certainly plenty of people nervous about it. Now, we can move on to next weekend brimming with confidence.

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