Celtic’s crucial midweek tie against St. Johnstone is important in the context of the season for the Hoops.
Celtic will play their game in hand against the Perth Saints in a bid to extend their lead at the top of the table.
It won’t be an easy tie however, as St. Johnstone are usually up for it when they come to Parkhead.
They secured two draws away to Celtic last season, threatening the historic unbeaten run at one point.
It’s a huge game for Celtic, and here’s three important reasons why.
Celtic’s game in hand
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The St. Johnstone tie gives Celtic a chance to finally play their game in hand in the league. A victory at home tomorrow night would give Celtic breathing space at the top of the league.
They currently sit three points ahead of Rangers and Kilmarnock, and a win tomorrow doubles that lead to six.
While it’s still early doors in the title race, six points may seem like 26 to those trying to chase the treble treble seeking Celtic.
Keeping their good form going
Celtic’s start in 2019 has been as good as fans could have hoped for. They have won three out of three so far in the calendar year.
The Bhoys have won their fixtures by an aggregate score of 11-0. They owed the fans a big start to the year after their shambolic display at Ibrox before the break.
Every single win further distances the Bhoys from that dismal derby display. Each victory helps the fans forget it too.
It also sends a clear message out to the rest of the league. The more Celtic win, the more the challengers to their throne get nervous and drop silly points.
A win is a good distraction from the transfer window
If we’re all being honest, it looks like Celtic have let everyone down again when it comes to a transfer window.
Celtic headed into the window needing a centre half and a right back. They also needed help up front, which admittedly, they’ve seen to.
However with no defensive recruits added, time is running out until the window shuts on Thursday at midnight.
With no news of defenders, a big win against St. Johnstone would go some way to keeping fans happy.