"I know Celtic will win"; Billy Dodds the latest to believe the title race is over
Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager and former Rangers striker Billy Dodds is the latest to admit that the Premiership title race is over.
Celtic’s 2-0 win in the Highlands against Ross County ensured they’ll go into the final 4 games of the campaign with a 6-point advantage. That means Celtic will have to drop more points in those fixtures as they have in 2022 as a whole for them to lose the title.
Many were quick to question the Bhoys’ title bottle after defeat to Rangers in the Scottish Cup at Hampden. But the confident display has once again proven that this Celtic team knows how to response to setbacks.
Both Kris Boyd and Brian Laudrup have already conceded the title to Celtic. And now pro-Rangers Dodds has followed their lead as he lauded Celtic’s mentality in Dingwall.
Speaking via BBC Sportsound, Dodds said: “I don’t think Celtic were enjoying the second half as much. But they enjoyed the last few moments. I think that’s a good thing where they can show ‘see when we have to dig in? We dig in. We go through this tough period and then when we score we can go and enjoy it’.
“It’s good going forward for Celtic – I know they will win the league. But it’s just good to show that mentality. Especially after last week when they lost that semi-final. We thought Rangers would tire [last week] but it was Celtic that tired. It was strength and aggression. They had to show that today and that’s why their fans are so happy.”
Celtic had to dig deep in Dingwall and show strong character
It wasn’t just the performance in Dingwall that will have delighted Celtic supporters. Dodds actually gets it right here – it was the character shown on the day.
We put in what can only be described as an extremely powerful showing after so much pressure was piled onto the players. There was a desperation to try and touch on their character and use that as a potential weakness. Considering it’s this squad’s first time in a title race, you could see the thought process.
However, ultimately that move ended up failing. Celtic easily slotted County away and bagged the win they needed. And it must be said that it was a win in a game of football the Bhoys were supposed to struggle in.
It’s not surprising to see some more pundits come around to the idea of the league title being more or less over. Pat Bonner said the same on Sportsound too. It appears the win over Ross County has been enough for some more to be convinced.
But we can’t forget the task still at hand here. Rangers will throw their last roll of the dice at Parkhead on Sunday. Even avoiding defeat would end their faint hopes. Victory, however, and they truly can kickstart the partying.
Another big week of work at Lennoxtown lies ahead for the group. Fingers crossed they come out all guns blazing this Sunday.