So not the ideal set of results from the weekend then. Well, this season has been all about toil for Ronny Deila and there remains work to be done.
After hitting a brick wall in Inverness, Celtic had to settle for a 1-1 draw on Saturday lunchtime. The following day, Aberdeen pulled off a 2-1 away win at Kilmarnock.
The league form of the Dons has seen them win six, draw three and lose one. These results have allowed Celtic to widen the gap a little but yesterday they conceded two points.
It’s yet another sign that this title will not come to Celtic Park easily. And this has been anything but an easy season.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle have always been a thorn in the side of Celtic. They closed down the Hoops promptly on Saturday and allowed little time on the ball.
The surface didn’t lend well to the playing conditions but on this occasion I do not seek excuses. Celtic have more than enough to beat Thistle though in fairness to John Hughes, he’s doing a good job having experienced disappointment at Hartlepool and Hibernian in his managerial career.
On the disciplinary front, the card count totalled seven yellows, some not warranted. Craig Thomson had another poor game but in reality I was fully prepared for Celtic dropping points.
Inverness aren’t a threat in the positional sense, but they remain a team capable of taking points from Celtic. Aside from this Sunday’s Scottish Cup Semi Final against Caley Thistle, Celtic will face them again after the league split.
Right now, they remain a serious threat to Celtic’s treble chances. So it’s up to Ronny Deila to ensure is players are properly motivated for the remainder of the season.
Before they face Inverness on Sunday, there is the matter of Kilmarnock at home on Wednesday night. Celtic must use home advantage to ensure they increase their lead once more.
Celtic will do well to avoid dropping points in the remaining seven games particularly against the other five of the top six teams. For now, Celtic should be aiming to get all three points against ninth placed Killie because Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee United, St Johnstone and Dundee (twice) will all have a say in Celtic’s treble chances.