So Celtic have moved one step closer to an intriguing test after tonight’s result.
Rangers managed to secure a 1-0 win at Livingston courtesy of a late goal this evening [BBC]. Say what you will, but our rivals had to dig deep to get that result. They were given a potential banana-skin here and managed to avoid slipping.
If Celtic had managed to do that more often this season then we would be laughing. However, instead, the few Hoops fans who did tune in tonight had to watch our bitter rivals produce a level of battle we’ve been lacking this term.
And now it sets up the most embarrassing of circumstances. Rangers will face St Mirren at the weekend whilst Celtic travel to Dundee United. Should both sides win, the Ibrox side could win the title at Parkhead in the next round of fixtures.
And all they would need is a point. Celtic, if they are to avoid the most disgraceful of surrenderings, will have to inflict Gerrard’s side with their first defeat of the season.
Don’t you dare Celtic; it’s time to pass at least one test of character
If Celtic fail to beat United should Rangers win at St Mirren, the league will be over. Our rivals will have effectively won the Premiership without even playing.
For some Celtic fans, that would likely be their preferred scenario. There will be a theory that this outcome would lead to a more bearable derby before the international break. You can see the merit, but spare me the idea that this would be what’s best for us.
We proved at Ibrox that we can get at Rangers. We all know we should’ve come away from Govan with the three points. Being scared of them coming back to our place isn’t on. It’s a challenge we should be looking to charge into head-on.
Rangers will deservedly win the title. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look at this as an opportunity. The Ibrox side will think they’re coming to Parkhead for a party. If we surrender at Tannadice, then they will indeed be jumping around Celtic Park regardless of the result.
But providing them with a nice morale blow would be a positive for us. It would allow us to tackle the final few games of the season, as well as the Scottish Cup, with some extra confidence. Some confidence that we can actually win the cup too.
Celtic have embarrassed us enough this season. We deserve to have at least one or two moments of pleasure before the campaign ends. Rangers’ result tonight has likely provided us with that opportunity. Hopefully, we can finally land a punch of our own – regardless of how many points we’ve lost the fight by.