Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has claimed that the Premiership title is “in the bag” for Celtic, as he previewed Thursday night’s Europa League clash.
Celtic take on Copenhagen with a further spring in our step after the weekend. Rangers’ 2-2 draw with St Johnstone meant that the Hoops stormed into a 12-point lead at the top of the table.
Rangers have a game in-hand, but it will require Celtic to lose three games for our rivals to have a sniff at the title again. With only 10 fixtures now remaining, Celtic only need 22 points out of 30 to seal the deal. That’s only if Rangers win all of their games too.
Nicholas has been speaking in the build-up to Thursday’s last-32 second-leg against the Danes, and believes that Celtic will see them off comfortably after effectively securing the championship. Here’s what he had to say when speaking to Sky Sports.
“The Premiership is in the bag for Celtic and I think this will be a comfortable European night. Copenhagen have no pace up front and little quality in the centre-back department.
“Dame N’Doye scored against Celtic – he is a handful but Celtic could play a high line without getting too worried. The two Copenhagen midfielders are decent talents but the rest, I think, are average.
“It could be more than this but Celtic will turn it on again, regardless. Through to the last 16 for Neil Lennon’s side.”
Title boasts don’t feel dangerous anymore
When Rangers drew with Aberdeen at Ibrox earlier this month, the lead at the top of the Premiership was seven points but with Celtic having played a game more. That was the last time it still felt dangerous to boast about winning the title.
It still slightly feels like tempting fate, but you just can’t see Celtic losing three games out of their remaining 10. That’s what it’s going to take in order for Rangers to win the league should they win their game in-hand. In addition to that, we also have a goal difference of +65. That’s 20 more than Rangers’ +45.
We don’t want it to come down to goal-difference of course, but that’s still an extra point. Therefore you’re probably looking at Celtic having to slip in four games out of our final 10 to let Rangers win the title.
That’s nearly half of our remaining fixtures. To put it into perspective, Celtic have slipped up in three games all season and we’ve played 28 matches. There’s nothing to suggest we’ll bottle it when we get to the crunch fixtures.
As for Copenhagen, there’s such confidence around Celtic at the moment that you just can’t see us losing that one either. Flashbacks to our 4-3 Champions League exit to Cluj back in August will always be there, but it’s looking positive for the Hoops in all competitions.