CELTIC can go four points clear at the top of the Premiership if they overcome Dundee United at Parkhead this afternoon.

Astonishingly, main rivals Aberdeen slipped up again when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Mark McGhee’s Motherwell at Pittodrie yesterday.

That’s now FIVE games without a win for Derek McInnes struggling side.

Adam Rooney’s 43rd minute opener was nullified by a second-half strike from former Hoops striker Scott McDonald, who had come on as a substitute. The Fir Park side pushed all the way for the winner before the match ended and Aberdeen hung on for a point.

Before the game, Dons boss McInnes highlighted the fact that a win over Well would send the Dons to the top of the Premiership, but the SPFL champions now have the opportunity to move four points clear with Aberdeen due to play at Parkhead on Saturday.

After starting the season with eight successive league victories to go five points clear of Ronny Deila’s team, the Dons have lost to Hibs in the League Cup followed by league defeats from Inverness Caley Thistle, St Johnstone and Ross County.

Speaking about Deila earlier in the season, McInnes said: “I know he said they’ll win five in a row. I think that any manager in our league would be confident in saying something like that given the level of finances Celtic have when the rest of the clubs are working on playing budgets of between £1million and £2million and they’re working with £20million.

“I have no problems with that at all. Every manager has to concentrate on their own team and we’re no different.”

Deila did not respond to the taunts, but there is now a very real chance the Hoops could be seven points ahead of the Pittodrie side by this time next week.

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