Celtic and Aberdeen sit top of the Scottish Premiership on the same points this morning. Come lunchtime, Ronny Deila has the opportunity to take advantage of one of those games at hand to make open up a gap.
Midweek saw Celtic go ahead by a single point after a comprehensive win over a lacklustre Motherwell side. Derek McInnes’ side could only manage a draw away to St Johnstone last night and lost the chance to keep the pressure on Celtic.
This season is far from over though and there will be more twists and turns to come I am sure. Today though, Celtic must keep up their progress and get an away.
They visit Ross County for today’s 12.45pm kick off and despite the Dingwall outfits league position, nothing should be taken for granted. The last the two teams met, it was a rather drab 0-0 affair and a disappointing end to 2014, having suffered a 2-1 defeat to Dundee United six days earlier.
After a short break to Gran Canaria, Celtic have returned with a spring in their step. With three clean sheets and three wins to start 2015, Deila will be keen to see that maintained.
Yesterday saw the departure of Beram Kayal to Championship side, Brighton & Hove Albion. Albion are struggling this season and will be aiming to avoid the drop.
When Kayal came on the scene at Celtic, he made a huge impact. Injury saw him displaced when he was a key player though he did make a comeback.
His career began to dwindle as he struggled with some injuries. Eventually Victor Wanyama would keep him out of the side before he himself departed for the south coast of England.
There is no doubt that Kayal has talent, but he appears to have wanted to leave for some time. At one stage this season it looked as though Ronny Deila might give him his chance but his departure is good for everyone and I wish him all the best.
If Ronny Deila can offload a few other players not fulfilling their roles or achieving full potential, it will free up wages and open up spaces for youth players and new signings. We may not see much more activity this transfer window for Celtic, but the summer is likely to see Ronny Deila impose more of his own vision on Celtic.
As for today, three points will do nicely. The team:
Gordon, Matthews, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Brown, Bitton, Commons, Guidetti, Henderson, Griffiths.