Title Race?

Well that’s how the SMSM have been selling it. And they’re loving it over at Mordor as well.

Today is of course the third meeting between Celtic and our ‘rivals’ across the city this season. The build up has all been about a “title race” and a rich vein of form by the Ibrox club.

The SMSM have crammed the headlines with material in favour of Glasgow’s newest club. It’s an addiction for these storytellers to spin shit on a daily basis to the gullabillies.

If this was in the pre-2012 collapse days, the cliche would always be that form goes out the window. In football that can be true just as much as it can be false.

There’s no doubt that Graeme Murty has had a good run of late. As the boys on the Twenty Minute Tims pointed out in their podcast this week though, it’s all been against weaker teams.

Murty has won his last six games on the trot. Only one of those victories was over a top six club – Hearts.

Two were against lower division clubs in the Scottish Cup. The remaining three were against bottom six clubs in the Scottish Premiership.

Because of their winning run compared to Celtic’s mixed form of late, the Ibrox hordes and the SMSM are already convinced that it will be a home win. I’m not going suggest that Celtic will walk this one or that the home side won’t be up for it because they will be.

So too will Celtic though. This season’s form has not been consistent but does that mean the Hoops are on the slide?

No. In fact I think the exact opposite.

Celtic are slowly getting back to full strength. A position they have not been in all season.

They have also been preoccupied with European fixtures up until recently. With that now gone they can focus purely on the domestic front as every other Scottish club has this season.

So is this a title race or is it pie in the sky? Well if you look at the gap you would probably think yes because Murty’s mob are sniffing around.

The gap is six points and Celtic have a game at hand. Aberdeen are five points behind in third spot also with a game at hand.

So with their last four matches against top six opposition before the split, the Ibrox club have their work cut out for them. The Scottish Premiership landscape could look very different come the split when Murty’s mob will also play five games against top six opposition.

Time will tell if they can handle that. Come 1.45pm today we’ll see who comes out on top – if at all.

The SMSM are clearly expecting an upset. The bookies aren’t.

I don’t make predictions for these games. I am looking forward to it though.

Turn up, do your job and get out again Bhoys. Glasgow will be a war zone so stay safe out there folks.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

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