Celtic hero Frank McGarvey reckons this season’s Premiership title race could come down to goal difference.

Neil Lennon’s men relinquished top spot at the weekend after losing to Livingston, while Rangers defeated Hamilton Accies. That means that the Ibrox side have a two point lead going into the second international break of the season, while their goal difference is also superior too.

Steven Gerrard’s men have a scored 21 more goals that they’ve conceded while Celtic’s figure sits at +15. That’s a huge swing from after the first derby of the season when we were on +14 and the Gers were struggling at +5.

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McGarvey told the Scottish Sun: “Celtic dropping points against Hibs and Livingston has put Rangers on a high and they went into their games with Aberdeen and Hamilton with real confidence.

“I think it’s going to come down to the Old Firm games this season ­— and you have to think about goal difference being worth a point.

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“It could even come down to goal difference to decide the title.”

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The Scottish top-flight title race hasn’t gone down to goal difference since the 2002/2003 season when Rangers pipped us to the championship by a single goal. That suggests that it is unlikely to do the same this year.

However, it is pretty tight between ourselves and our rivals at present. But Celtic fans will take heart from the fact that it was similar for the first-half of last season before we strolled clear following the winter break.

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The notion that Rangers aren’t going to drop points is a ludicrous one. Gerrard’s side have already snatched wins at Kilmarnock and St. Mirren and they’re yet to be properly tested away from home. If we can just put our last two results behind us and go on a strong run of form then we should be back on top of the table before long.

The goal difference should then take care of itself too.

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