Kris Boyd reckons Celtic could be set for a pressure cooker clash at Tannadice in nine days time, given recent developments.
Neil Lennon’s nine in-a-row champions may only have dropped two points on Sunday, but you’d be forgiven for thinking they were preparing to throw in the towel given Boyd’s comments.
The former Rangers frontman was speaking on Sky Sports’ Scottish Football Podcast where he gave his thoughts on the apparent title race developing.
Asked by Ian Crocker whether he felt Rangers already had the title advantage, Boyd gave a typically forthright answer.
“It definitely is,” he said. “I’ve been there when you’re neck and neck and you’re like ‘can we play first and get the points in the bag’ then the pressure is on Celtic to go and win the game.
“But 11 points is big. It is big. Even though you might have the games in hand.
“It would be pressure on Celtic going into that game at Tannadice.”
Celtic could use deficit as some motivation
Putting all the usual cliches about ‘points on the board being better than games in hand’ aside, it is important that everyone doesn’t lose sight of the bigger picture.
We’re two weeks into a season that will last the best part of ten months, with many twists and turns to come.
Even if Rangers do what many would expect and win their next two matches – the gap is hardly going to be a daunting one for our players.
For a start, they’ll be so in the mood for the 5:30pm game at Tannadice that they won’t know the score at Ibrox from earlier in the afternoon.
Their only care will be getting the job done in Dundee. Everything else will take care of itself.
Additionally, the fact we are chasing our rivals may give the players extra motivation not to slip up. Already trailing, they’ll know the importance of not conceding any more ground in the title race – even if they still have games in hand to come.
We also have a big enough to squad to deal with an away game to St. Mirren at some point in the New Year.
Let’s not lose sight of the bigger picture here. As much as stories of Celtic in crisis tend to sell.