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CELTIC ON THE GLORY TRAIL

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CELTIC could wrap up their fourth successive SPFL title if they win just six of their remaining nine games.
And that is assuming nearest challengers Aberdeen, who dropped two points in a goalless draw against Partick Thistle at the weekend, win ALL of their eight fixtures
Ronny Deila’s team are now seven points ahead with a game in hand as they prepare for the visit of the Maryhill outfit on Wednesday while the Dons take on Inverness Caley Thistle.
The Norwegian believes the pressure is now mounting on the Pittodrie side. He said: “The more games we are winning, it is going to be harder and harder for them to catch us and cancel the advantage we now have.

“So, we just have to keep focused on our performances and be ready for every game.”

The Hoops gaffer reckons his side asked a big question of their nearest rivals by winning 2-0 away to St Mirren. He added: “Our victory on Friday meant Aberdeen knew they had to win the next day.

“Now we are seven points ahead with nine games to go and in a good position.”

The clash against Thistle on Wednesday will see the champions play the first of three midweek games in a row, which will carry them right through to the post-split fixtures, which begin on April 25.

In the middle of all this, Celtic also have a trip to the Highlands to face Inverness Caley Thistle and also a Scottish Cup semi-final against John Hughes’ side.

Asked if he has ever known such an intensive schedule at this stage of a season, Deila answered: “No, not even close. So, it’s a new experience for me.

“I don’t know if it is knew for all of the players. Maybe it is for some.

“But the positive thing is that when you have to play so many matches at this time of the season it is because you are in every domestic tournament – and that’s what we want.”

Meanwhile, Celtic are awaiting news of how the SFA plan to proceed with their case against John Guidetti for allegedly singing a song which was offensive towards Rangers.

The Swede contests the charge. If found guilty, the striker could face a fine or a ban, but Deila is content to wait and see what transpires.

He said: “We have made a statement about that, so I don’t think I want to say any more about it.”

 
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