Celtic bring forward fixture in attempt to claw back points gap

By John McGinley

January 14, 2021

Celtic have brought forward a Scottish Premiership fixture against St Mirren by more than a month to January 30th, it was announced today.

Celtic had been due to play in the Scottish Cup 3rd Round on that date, but the future of that tournament is in doubt after the cancellation of lower league football this month.

One of the club’s games in hand over Rangers will now be played much earlier than anticipated.

The match against St Mirren originally had to be switched from 23rd January because of their participation in the Betfred Cup semi-finals.

Rangers would have then played another game extra than the Hoops.

Celtic have now apparently taken the decision to bring forward the game in an attempt to close the points gap on the Ibrox side as much as possible, as quickly as possible.

The St Mirren match is one of nine brought forward in the SPFL, though it appears that Steven Gerrard’s side won’t play that weekend (BBC).

What fixture change means for Celtic

In all likelihood, the Scottish Premiership is beyond us this term, but any sort of productive announcement is welcome right now given the horror fortnight we’ve had.

The sooner Celtic get back to playing a regular body of games the better.

The Celtic huddle / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Even if the title is beyond us this term, picking up a series of wins will help us figure out which players deserve their spot in the squad long-term.

That starts this weekend at home to Livingston.

In other news, a Celtic fan collective has launched a new protest campaign aimed at the club.