There may yet be a title race for the Scottish Premiership

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There may yet be a title race for the Scottish Premiership

 

Despite the fact that Celtic are sitting pretty at the top of the Scottish Premier league, nine points ahead of their rivals, Neil Lennon, the manager of Hibernian is of the opinion that there could yet be a title race.

Given the fact that Celtic dropped a point last weekend, having made eight changes to the team they fielded against Zenit, while Sevco enjoyed an emphatic 5-3 victory over Hamilton and Sevco beat Aberdeen, he may well be right.

Tough times ahead for Celtic

Celtic have a tough week ahead. They fly to Russia for the return match against Zenit Saint Petersburg who they managed to beat 1-0 at Celtic Park on Thursday, 15 February.

According to Branislav Ivanovic, the 33-year-old Zenit forward (who missed the first game because of an eye injury), Celtic took Zenit by surprise in terms of the good performance they put in.

He said that the first game was most interesting and that the atmosphere at Celtic Park was amazing. He went on to say that the Scottish side surprised him in many ways and that they proved to be dangerous opponents.

However, he did warn that when the green hoops of Celtic come to Krestovsky Stadium for the second leg, Zenit will be more than ready. He reminded us that there is only one goal in it.

Celtics injury list is extensive

Meanwhile back in Scotland, Celtic have to face up to games away at Aberdeen and Rangers. If they lose those, then their lead could be reduced down to only three points with all to play for.

It must also be taken into account that the Celtic squad has amassed a catalogue of injuries which could also have a bearing.

Mass rotation loses vital points

A lot of fans have voiced their unease about the way that manager Brendan Rodgers is rotating his squad of players so vigorously.

There were seven changes made to the team that beat Zenit for the game against St Johnstone. The result was a team that stuttered its way through the game and eventually, they dropped what could be vital points.

Rodgers said that he had no regrets about making the wholesale changes and instead concentrated on the good news of the return to fitness of Tom Rogic. It was his first game since he injured his knee back on the 5th of December.

The first back-to-back treble still a possibility

Meanwhile, it gives his star players the time to rest and be fully fit for the return game against Zenit. In the back of Rodgers mind must be the fact that his Hoops are still in with a chance of another treble. It could be something worth having a wager on. It would be the first back-to-back treble in Scottish Premier League history.

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