How Celtic can finish 2019 eight points clear at the top
Our number eight may have saved the day on Wednesday night but it’s another number eight that may now be on the minds of the Celtic support. That’s the number of points we will be clear going into the winter break if we win our remaining five matches of 2019.
A quirk of the fixture schedule means that we play a game more than Rangers before the end of the calendar year, with a home derby at Celtic Park also increasing the opportunity to strengthen our lead at the top.
So beat Hibernian, Hearts, Aberdeen, St. Mirren and Rangers and we’ll be eight clear – albeit having played a game more.
An eight point gap would be monumental for Celtic
Given that our rivals showed so little bottle in their Pittodrie draw – it’s perhaps no surprise given their manager’s league title record – an eight point deficit would really put the pressure on them in 2020.
It’s all in our hands too. Three of the games are at Celtic Park while the two that aren’t are against Hearts and St. Mirren – arguably the two poorest sides in the league at present.
It’s a massive opportunity for Neil Lennon and his players to give us a massive title edge, and one that is very doable. After Sunday’s Betfred Cup final we can focus totally on the league, with the Europa League group finale away to Cluj just a minor distraction.
We’ve beaten all five of the aforementioned sides already this season. Doing it again would have us so far clear in what many have described as a close fought title race. That kind of talk could all become very distant, very soon.