CELTIC have four games left in their attempt to make record-breaking title-winning history and another one to negotiate on top to deliver the Invincible season.
When we first wrote about the possibility of Celtic going through he season undefeated in domestic football last October one or two fellow Celtic supporters had a go at us on social media, one even said that the suggestion was ‘Hunnish’ in nature.
It was simply an opinion formed by watching the Celtic team play home and away and restricting the other team’s time on the ball. Celtic were looking untouchable from very early on in the season.
The Hoops’ 5-1 win over Sevco Rangers at Ibrox at the weekend coupled with Aberdeen’s 2-0 loss at home to St Johnstone opened up a 27-point gap at the top of the Premiership.
Paris Saint-German (2015/16) and Egyptian outfit Al Ahly (2004/05) currently hold the biggest championship-winning margins of 31.
Brendan Rodgers takes his team, unbeaten in 42 successive domestic games this season, to Pittodrie a week on Friday to play Derek McInnes’ side.
A Tom Rogic goal gave the six-in-a-row flag winners a 1-0 victory at the Dons in October.
Before that, though, the treble-chasers have a home game against St Johnstone tomorrow and, after their Pittodrie outing, they take on Partick Thistle at Firhill on Thursday, May 18 with a 7.45pm kick-off.
They round off the league campaign with a 12.30pm start against Hearts at Parkhead on Sunday, May 21.
The Dons travel to Tynecastle on Sunday to face Hearts with a 3pm kick-off, following Rangers’ match against Partick Thistle at Firhill that will get underway at 12.15pm.
McInnes’ side will then welcome Rodgers’ squad before going to Ibrox on Wednesday, May 17, for a clash against Pedro Caixinha’s men who are nine points adrift in the race to be best of the rest.
Aberdeen bring down the curtain on their league campaign with a game against Partick Thistle in Maryhill on May 21 at the same time the Hoops meet Hearts across Glasgow.
And, of course, the Dons will return to meet the champions in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park the following Saturday.
They lost 3-0 in the League Cup Final against Rodgers’ rampant outfit in November when Rogic, James Forrest and Moussa Dembele (pen) got on the scoresheet to kick-start the bid for only the fourth silverware clean sweep in the club’s history.
Celtic and Rangers have won the league undefeated in 1897/98 and 1898/99, respectively – but both were during 18-game seasons compared to the current 38-game campaign.
The Hoops set a Scottish record in 2013/14 with a 29-point title-winning margin.
A Scottish Cup Final win at the end of the month, just as we honour the Lisbon Lions, to complete a Treble and an Invincible season would be just about perfect.
All we need on top is for Stuart Armstrong to sign his new long term contract.
Maybe that will happen in the days leading up to the Scottish Cup Final. Stranger things have happened…