“Celtic are streets ahead of everyone else,” BBC Pundit

Michael Stewart has insisted that Ange Postecoglou and this current Celtic team are just too good for anybody in Scotland and that it will take something truly special this year to halt them in their march for another domestic clean sweep of silverware. This comes after the Hoops batted aside St Johnstone on Sunday afternoon to restore their nine point gap at the top of the league looking down on theRangers.

Stewart, who does regular punditry work for the BBC and Viaplay, was speaking on BBC Sportscene this weekend and asserted the belief that Celtic are looking unstoppable this season and their recent form has evidently backed this up. Speaking on the national broadcaster, he said:

St Johnstone v Celtic – Aaron Mooy celebrates scoring during the cinch Premiership match at McDiarmid Park, Perth. Sunday February 5, 2023. Photo Andrew Milligan

“You say it’s going to take something special to stop them and that’s exactly it. It needs to be something special to stop Celtic on any one day. And if you extrapolate that across a full season it will have to be something extra special to be able to stop this Celtic side at the moment. For every other club in the country, that’s the benchmark that they’ve got to try to attain.”

The former Hearts and Hibs midfelder also reckons the pace at which Ange’s side play is too hot to handle for everyone in the Scottish Premiership at this current juncture. He added:

“At the moment Celtic are streets ahead of everyone else. Aaron Mooy says it’s a great team to play in, loads of movement, and their first goal just typified that. It’s difficult to defend against with so many players moving at pace.”

The St Johnstone victory topped off another stern week for Ange Postecoglou and his men, as it was the final match in a week that saw the Bhoys dismiss Dundee United and Livingston 2-0 and 3-0, respectively. Despite those two clean sheets, former Celt, Simon Donnelly contended that the win in Perth was the pick of the bunch.

Sid said: “I was more impressed today than the two games earlier in the week. They’ve come out the week with nine points again but that was the most impressive one. You look at the park and the playing surface wasn’t great. But I thought Celtic coped with it really well. It was a really solid, professional performance. They were ruthless when they got the chances.”

Paul Gillespie

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