Celtic handed glorious 2-week opportunity to end rivals' domestic season
Celtic have now been handed a superb 2-week opportunity to put Rangers’ domestic season up in smoke within a 2-week period.
As we found out last night, the Hoops have been drawn out of the hat to face Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men in the Scottish Cup semi-finals. The match will be played at Hampden on either April 16th or 17th. Granted, the latter is likely to be the case with Hearts vs Hibs more likely to be featured on the Saturday.
However, if you take a close look at the calendar, the match comes hot on the heels of another Glasgow derby in April. Celtic will take on Rangers at Ibrox on April 3rd – just 2 weeks before their cup clash at the national stadium.
Celtic have already irked their rivals by taking the League Cup this season. Now, our eyes are on a potential treble despite the fact there are plenty of tough games remaining on the schedule.
Ange Postecoglou’s men will likely go into the league clash at Ibrox already 3 points clear. Should we beat Ross County on Saturday, we’ll be 3 clear minimum. Meaning victory at Ibrox would put us 6 points clear with only 6 games remaining. Not to mention the fact that our goal difference is 11 higher and effectively works as an extra point. Effectively, then, 7 clear with 6 to play.
If we followed that up with another league win over St Johnstone before beating Rangers in the cup again, their domestic season will be over. Van Bronckhorst will have gone through his first campaign trophyless, assuming nothing crazy happens in the Europa League.
Celtic have the momentum and the quality to bury Rangers next month
We could have Rangers facing a final 5 or 6 weeks of the season with next to nothing to play for. All this coming after their title win last season and us being made to believe we were years behind them in terms of on-field quality.
Yes, it’s a big job to win both of those matches. You would probably find plenty who would be pleased just to take a point from Ibrox and keep us in the driving seat. But we have a chance to absolutely bury them here. To leave them in no doubt who the best team in Scotland truly is and really springboard our treble push.
It doesn’t matter what they do in the Europa League. They’ll be absolutely ripped into by their own supporters if they fail to win the title against us this season. They’d be incandescent if they didn’t win a single thing. And if we beat them twice in April, it really would be all but over for them.
We’ve already proven we have the quality and the momentum in the squad to bury Rangers. We showed that at Celtic Park back in February. The talent is there and so is the mentality.
It would also be a sweet moment for Celtic supporters who have had to listen to relentless goading from Rangers supporters over the last 12 months. What an end it would be to firmly kill off their chances of winning any domestic silverware.
We’re so close to a successful season this year that we can taste it. Being the team who directly ended Rangers’ hopes too? Well, that would make it absolutely perfect.