"League's done"; Michael Stewart dismisses title comeback; believes Celtic are "peaking"
Michael Stewart believes that Celtic are peaking as he laughed off the idea that Rangers could potentially make a title comeback.
The Hoops strengthened their grip as potential champions in waiting with a powerful 7-0 win over St Johnstone at Celtic Park yesterday. Coupled with Rangers’ 4-0 success over St Mirren today, the Hoops extended their goal difference margin as they remained 6 points clear.
There are now only 5 matches remaining in this season’s Scottish Premiership calendar. It would take an almighty collapse from Ange Postecoglou’s side to see them throw the title away from here.
And Stewart has become the latest to state the title-race is over as he backed the idea Celtic are now performing at peak level.
Speaking on Sportscene, Stewart said: “It’s over. Look, for a couple of reasons. The fact that Celtic are now nine points ahead and the goal difference is massive and they are peaking. Ange Postecoglou has spoken about this on a number of occasions – peaking at the right time. The league’s done.
“The big thing now is whether they’re going to be able to get through the semi-final against Rangers and that’s massive for Rangers. That is the key domestically for Rangers. Obviously they’re still right in the hunt in Europe with this game against Braga.
“But in terms of the league there’s no coming back for anybody. Celtic are champions.”
Celtic can get better; but this is as good as we’ll play this season
There is always room for improvement. That’s another thing Ange has been keen to instill into this Celtic squad. The truth is we’re nowhere near the finished article and Europe has proven that this season.
However, at the same time, in terms of the current campaign, this is as good as we’ll be between now and the summer. We’re operating at the highest level we can possibly hope for given how short a period this squad has been here for.
Celtic showed 2 sides to their game over the last 2 weeks alone. Against Rangers last weekend, we put in what many would surely consider to be our strongest defensive performance of the season. The backline had to be strong to repel cross after cross into the Celtic penalty area.
Yesterday, meanwhile, we were perhaps as creative as we’ve been all season. We created more chances against St Johnstone than we have done against anyone else all season.
Celtic look equipped to deal with whatever challenge the Scottish Premiership asks of them this season. That’s the biggest compliment you can give them. Nothing domestically looks like stopping them.
An incredible thought when you take a look back at the start of the campaign.