Chris Sutton and John Hartson react as Celtic move 12 points clear of Rangers

By John McGinley

February 23, 2020

Celtic are now 12 points clear at the top of the table as rivals Rangers fell further behind in the title race on Sunday.

Steven Gerrard’s bottle-merchants could only manage a 2-2 draw away to St Johnstone before Neil Lennon’s Bhoys piled the pressure on with another professional win, this time by a 3-1 margin at home to Kilmarnock.

Spirit was shown by the Hoops, who fell behind after an Eamonn Brophy penalty within ten minutes.

Big players came to the fore again with Kristoffer Ajer, Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths all replicating recent scoring form to push the team closer towards nine-in-a-row.

Former Celtic striker John Hartson was one of the prominent personalities leading the celebrations on social media, declaring the win as a ‘great fightback’ and counting down the games that are left before the end of the season.

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Another former forward, Chris Sutton, meanwhile has credited Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard as the key difference-makers since the return from the winter break, Tweeting after the full-time whistle went at Parkhead.

Hartson and Sutton have been vocals supporters of the club this season even on media duties, seeming to revel in their former teammate Lennon being such a success in the job.

With games now running out in the Scottish Premiership, it’s looking increasingly likely that Celtic will be celebrating a sensational ninth league title in a row.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lennon will be drilling into his players that it’s far from finished yet, with two derbies still remaining.

However, fans can begin to get excited and an extraordinary turnaround is now required to see it slip through our fingers.

It’s hard to see who is going to stop us on current form and with Gerrard’s team apparently sabotaging themselves almost every week, this is shaping up to be a comfortable title run-in rather than the nail-biter many predicted.

Celtic will now prepare for a Thursday Europa League test against Copenhagen before travelling to St Johnstone on Scottish Cup duty.