What needs to happen for Celtic to win the league against rivals
The SPFL have today announced the post-split fixtures that separate Celtic from Scottish Premiership success.
Indeed, there were plenty of reports of us potentially facing Rangers in the first game after the split this season [Football Scotland]. But that hasn’t turned out to be the case.
Instead, Celtic will kick off their post-split calendar with a trip to Ross County. Rangers, meanwhile, will face Motherwell at Fir Park earlier on the same day – April 24th.
That could create an opportunity for Celtic to win the Scottish Premiership against Rangers one week later. That’s when Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side will arrive at Celtic Park for what will be an absolutely mouth-watering clash.
And in order for the Hoops to be in with a chance of confirming their title win on that date of May 1st, they will need to beat County and hope that Rangers drop points at Fir Park.
At the moment, Celtic are 6 clear of Rangers with 5 matches remaining. Therefore, if we beat County, even a draw for Rangers at Fir Park would open up that title-winning opportunity. Celtic would then need to beat Rangers at Parkhead to confirm things.
If both teams win their first post-split fixture, Celtic will be left waiting until May 7th at the earliest when they host Hearts at Parkhead.
Celtic vs Rangers will be massive regardless of what happens
In truth, even if both sides win their first post-split game, it’ll still feel like a decider. Even then, if Celtic beat Rangers then we would go 9 points clear with only 3 fixtures remaining. Not forgetting the massive goal difference we would have too.
It’s brilliant stuff. Nothing would symbolise the shift in power this season more than stuffing it down our rivals’ throats at Celtic Park. Interestingly, you would’ve thought this was a scenario the SPFL would’ve wanted to avoid.
Regardless, it’s going to be a massive day irrespective of how the results go in that first round of fixtures. Celtic won’t be taking anything for granted either after needing an 97th-minute winner against County in Dingwall back in December.
Meanwhile, Celtic’s final 2 games of the season will come at Tannadice on May 11th before a home clash against Motherwell 3 days later. Hopefully, before those final 2 matches, we’re already celebrating title success.
Of course, before all of that, Ange and the Bhoys have a massive Scottish Cup semi-final to prepare for against our bitter rivals.
But make no mistake, this has the opportunity to be a glorious end to the campaign.
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