You wouldn’t know that Celtic are the defending nine in a row Champions and defenders of the treble treble going into the derby against Rangers, judging by some of the predictions ahead of the game.

As reported by the Daily Record, the likes of Steven Pressley, Alan Brazil, Kris Boyd and Andy Walker have either tipped a Rangers win, or said the game is too close to call.

Okay, Celtic might have a few players missing. However, it does seem that Celtic aren’t getting enough respect going into the game. It should also be remembered that Celtic are in a good run of form.

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Hoops are in the middle of a great run of form

The Hoops have won their last eight games in all competitions. Not only that, but in the last four games Celtic haven’t conceded a goal!

Neil Lennon has not been afraid to talk up Celtic in the past, and he did so again on Friday.

“We’re in brilliant form – we’ve won our last eight games. We’re scoring a lot of goals, so we’re very much looking forward to the game” Lennon said, as quoted by the official Celtic website.


Ryan Christie celebrates Celtic's second goal

Ryan Christie celebrates scoring for Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic have every right to look forward to the game. Just because Rangers haven’t lost a game so far this season people seem to be overrating them. It should be pointed out that they have drawn more games than Celtic. Should the Hoops win their game in hand as it stands Celtic would go top of the league.


No fans should not change Hoops approach to game

It will no doubt be a bit odd when the game is played with no fans. However, that should not change Celtic’s approach to the game.

Celtic should approach the game as the best team in Scotland, holder of the last 11 domestic trophies in a row, and the holders of the league title.

Will a convincing Celtic win get the Hoops more respect? Probably not. But it is a bit insulting to the current Hoops side that they seem to be written off. Hopefully that will inspire Celtic to a victory that should set a few people straight about who the best team in Scotland are.

In other news, read our predicted Celtic XI for the Glasgow derby.


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