Former Celtic striker John Hartson believes Celtic are in the driver’s seat to win the title.

The Hoops are seven points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership with one extra game played.

Hartson believes the Premiership’s trophy is “Celtic’s to lose” as we enter the second half of the season.

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Plus, the Welshman also draws comparisons to his old Hoops team with Martin O’Neill.

John Hartson on Celtic championship timeline

Ex-Celtic striker Hartson has done his fair share of title run ins during his stellar career.

John Hartson is no stranger to success at Celtic. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

He is in a good position to point at his former teammate Neil Lennon‘s Celtic side this season.

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Hartson thinks the title is his old club’s to lose as the league hits squeaky bum time.

He told last night’s BBC Sportsound: “I think it’s Celtic’s title to lose, I really do.

“They’ve got themselves into a fantastic position since the new year, since losing to Rangers before the winter break.

 

“They’ve come back absolutely flying, there’s a feel-good factor amongst the supporters.”

John Hartson thinks the Scottish Premiership title is Celtic’s to lose. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Mark Leech Sports Photography/Getty Images)

It may be too early to wholeheartedly back The Bhoys to nine-in-a-row.

However, it appears Celtic are in the best position to use their experience and get over the line.

Welshman on Neil Lennon replicating Martin O’Neill success

Hartson also touched on Lennon copying their old boss O’Neill’s set-up from his time at Celtic.

The old Irish gaffer deployed the iconic 3-5-2 which led the club to trebles and European finals.

Hartson said: “It seems to be working…that was the system Martin O’Neill played with when I was at the club, it very rarely changed.

John Hartson thinks Neil Lennon is replicating Martin O’Neill’s Celtic team. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

“Neil obviously worked with Martin for long periods and that was the system we trusted. Everybody knew their roles and it was effective.”

The Hoops are unbeaten since their return from the winter break in Dubai and are sitting pretty at the top.

However, the game against Clyde on Sunday is just as important as it’s the next hurdle in the quadruple treble chase.

Lennon may not use the 3-5-2 this weekend, but it appears he is moulding his league team into a midfield powerhouse with supportive strikers up top.

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