Glasgow Derby on the horizon

The day looms closer when Glasgow’s top two clubs lock horns once more. Partick Thistle will host Celtic at Firhill this Saturday lunchtime in the Scottish Premiership.

It’s another hugely important game for Ronny Deila as he aims to keep the title hopes on the radar. It has suffered a few blows in 2016 after a good start to the year and even with Sunday’s positive show against Greenock Morton, consistency is now the essential.

Before this match though, Partick Thistle have an opportunity to put a dent in Aberdeen’s title hopes. The Dons travel to Firhill tonight hoping to close the gap on Celtic to one point.

It would still leave Celtic with a game at hand, but psychologically it could be harmful. That’s all it is though, a psychological.

Right about now is the time teams need to start demonstrating their title credentials. If Aberdeen beat Thistle then they’ve done their job.

Then it would be down to Celtic to cross the city and do the same on Saturday. However, you just don’t know what will happen in these two Firhill fixtures.

The next four games for Celtic are all televised for Saturday lunchtime kick offs, this one included. All eyes are upon this club and the coaching staff with the media hoping for some headlines and we all know what that means.

Are Celtic going to see off this threat from Aberdeen? Will they maintain a winning run or get a favour or two elsewhere?

I’ve been watching some highlights of Celtic matches from the Gordon Strachan era recently. Real battling performances to fight back in big games after falling behind and even snatching victory at the death.

This was not uncommon under Strachan. Playing to the final whistle and grabbing something when you least expect it.

Like any Celtic manager, Gordon had his flaws but pushing his players to the max was not one of them. If Ronny Deila can coordinate the same kind of spirit with this squad it would get better results even if the majority of a game proves to be lacklustre.

The problem is that right now the heads go down in this current side. They lose focus and end up looking rudderless.

I’ve often mentioned motivation with this team and I keep coming back to it. These players should be performing much better than we have been seeing.

If Ronny Deila is to blame for that then he will carry the can. However, these players should be doing it for themselves, the manager and the supporters.

It’s their playing careers that are at stake. A short one at that.

There are 10 games each left in this title race for the title challengers. 30 points are available for each of them as well.

Should Aberdeen win all 10 of their remaining matches, Celtic would need 26 points to secure the league. That’s based on goal difference and assuming Celtic maintain their superiority in that area.

Let’s hope it isn’t as close as that though. Instead let’s take the initiative and widen the gap.

Time to start proving yourselves Bhoys. There’s a fifth successive league title to be won.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

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