Celtic legend turned pundit Chris Sutton has made a bold prediction ahead of the Hoops’ huge Premiership match against Ross County on Sunday.
The former Bhoys striker, appearing on the Record Celtic podcast, feels that the recent Scottish Cup semi-final loss to Rangers won’t have an impact on the Hoops’ trip to Dingwall.
I don’t think the cup defeat will have an affect in any way whatsoever. In many ways it might give the Celtic team a bit of a jolt, it’s a reminder the league is not over.
Celtic go into the game with a six point lead at the top of the Premiership, but that could be cut to three points at kick-off on Sunday afternoon if Rangers defeat Motherwell on Saturday.
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Only time will tell if Sutton is correct, but hopefully the Celtic players and staff share his belief that the Scottish Cup defeat won’t have any impact on the side.
And yes, Sutton is correct that the league isn’t over, a six point lead at this stage of the season is more than useful to have, but with five games left to play there is still work to be done before the Hoops can be crowned champions of Scotland.
Despite the defeat at Hampden, Celtic are still in good form overall, and had been on a 33-game domestic unbeaten run before the game against Rangers.
When it comes to the league title race, nothing has changed for the Hoops, the team is still in the same situation as it was before the semi-final. There is no doubt that the defeat to Rangers was a tough one to taken, it is always difficult when you lose to your biggest rivals.
But the Premiership title is in Celtic’s hands, the team knows what must be done to bring the trophy back to Celtic Park.
There will no doubt be some tension in the lead-up to the game as it is now the Hoops’ biggest game of the season. But the current Celtic side are more than good enough to prove Sutton correct and get the vital three points that will take the team one step closer to winning the league.