What Celtic need to do to win the title after derby draw

By David Walton

May 1, 2022

Today’s 1-1 draw with Rangers has left Celtic just 4 points away from the Scottish Premiership title.

The Hoops were left to contemplate a missed opportunity at Celtic Park against our rivals this afternoon. The draw, courtesy of Jota and Fashion Sakala goals, means that our lead at the top stays intact.

Celtic now sit 6 points clear at the top of the Premiership with only 3 games remaining. Effectively, our heavy goal difference means we can add another point to that total.

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Rangers’ failure to eat into that advantage means that Celtic simply need a win and a draw from their remaining matches to bring the championship back to Celtic Park. Even that’s assuming Rangers win all of their games between now and the end of the season.

Next up for the Hoops is a home clash against Robbie Neilson’s Hearts. A contest that, should we win, will then leave us needing just a point at Tannadice in our penultimate match to officially win it.

Ange Postecoglou’s men will then ends the campaign with a home clash against Motherwell on what will hopefully be trophy day.

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Celtic weren’t at their best, but title has edged closer today

We weren’t at our best by any stretch of the imagination. We could very easily have had it wrapped up in the first half and we also could’ve easily suffered defeat in the closing stages. It was a derby and it was anyone’s game.

Rangers have been left ultimately having failed in their mission today. They needed to win whilst Celtic were still in a hugely strong position after the stalemate.

Sure, there will be regret after today. Daizen Maeda will feel he could’ve had a brace for example. It could’ve been well and truly wrapped up by half-time. But really, it’s hardly damaging to Celtic’s title hopes.

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We move forward now to Hearts next Saturday. That game becomes just as big as today’s was. We play before Rangers host Dundee United on the Sunday. Victory against the Jambos and that’ll just about do it.

The fans understand that too. The instant reaction to today’s game isn’t one of anger. There’s expected frustration, but not something that will last too long heading into another big match against Neilson’s side.

The title has edged closer to Celtic today. Not in the manner we wanted, granted, but we’re just about there nevertheless.

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