Celtic have been handed a class opportunity to finally bury Hearts talk
Given Premier Sports Cup fever seemed to sweep Celtic supporters’ minds over the weekend, you could be forgiven for not realising Hearts’ huge blunder in the Premiership.
Celtic may have booked their ticket for December 19th’s League Cup final. However, we could also have ended the weekend sitting 3rd in the Premiership. The reason being that Hearts took the trip to Motherwell in league action.
Celtic started the weekend only 2 points clear of the Jambos. However, we ended it in the exact same position after Hearts managed to lose at Fir Park in a dismal 2-0 performance. It was a major blow for their title aspirations, as they slip further behind at the top of the tree.
Now, Celtic can move 5 clear with a game in-hand to make it 7 when they pitch up at Parkhead in only 10 days’ time. Robbie Neilson’s men will arrive in Glasgow looking to make a statement, but the smart money is on Celtic firmly putting them in their rear-view mirror.
After a few months of frustration as Hearts impressively plugged away with what seemed like victory after victory, the wheels appear to be coming off. Neilson’s side has only won 1 of their last 6 games.
Celtic will face Aberdeen on Sunday after Hearts host St Mirren 24 hours beforehand. That still gives them a chance to overtake us for a temporary period. But they could’ve been sitting 4 clear by the time we play our next match had they not bottled it in a miserable display in North Lanarkshire.
Robbie Neilson’s Hearts look in a poor place as Celtic Park trip nears
Not to mention we’re only just entering the period of the season in which Neilson’s team were going to be tested to the limit. Hearts have 7 games between now and the end of the year. Their squad is going to be stretched massively and it was always going to be a test of their character.
It looks like they’re going to enter that period behind both Celtic and Rangers respectively. Not the position Jambos fans would’ve been hoping for just a month ago.
Whilst they can’t be underestimated next Thursday, we also have to admit to the realism of the situation. Celtic are heavy favourites and have a glorious opportunity to land a near-fatal blow on Hearts’ title chances.
They’ve been something of a surprise package so far this season, but the title-talk needs to end. Celtic have bigger fish to fry this term, and overcoming the Hearts distraction would be ideal.
Given Neilson’s men flopped badly in Motherwell after 2 weeks off, the signs aren’t looking good for the Tynecastle outfit.
Celtic have a wonderful opportunity to put their foot on the accelerator here. Hearts’ journey to Celtic Park next week looks ominous for them. Fingers crossed it matches our expectations.