When Celtic kicked off at Tannadice in late August, we were nine points off the top of the Premiership.

82 minutes into that game, and with Neil Lennon’s men struggling to find a breakthrough, top spot seemed a long way off.

It’s pretty nice then that four weeks later we’ll have the chance to go first – if we can defeat Livingston.

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Celtic celebrate Albian Ajeti's winner against Dundee United

Celtic celebrate Albian Ajeti’s winner against Dundee United / (Photo by Steve Welsh/Pool via Getty Images)

Yes, Rangers will play less than 24 hours later against Hibernian. But if we win on Saturday afternoon, we’ll be top having played the same amount of games.

And, most importantly, having failed to properly hit our stride.

Nine points could become none on Saturday

For all the doom and gloom about Celtic’s recent performances, there is room for optimism.

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This team, with its new goalkeeper, centre-half and striker, will take some time to gel together.

In the meantime they’re still winning games. Often doing it ugly.

 

While our rivals have hit close to their best in the opening weeks of the season, we have stuttered to most wins.

Yet we’ll still be ahead of them on Saturday night should be win. And that is a huge positive.

Celtic have found it tough against Livingston

Celtic have found it tough against Livingston (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It would have been easy for this Celtic team to crumble in the closing stages of that Tannadice clash.

Easy for them to drop points against Motherwell just days after losing to Ferencvaros.

It would also have been easy for them to falter after going behind to St. Mirren so early last night.

But this is a Celtic side who are made of stern stuff. They have turned a nine point deficit into three by continually winning, and could make that zero on Saturday.

It’s not always been pretty. But they’re getting the job done.

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