Sunday’s loss at Parkhead at the hands of the Rangers was a huge setback for Celtic in the Premiership title race. It was not long ago that the Hoops had completely dominated Steven Gerrard’s side at Ibrox in a 2-0 victory. Back then it had appeared that they would walk their way to a ninth straight league title this season.
But now it is clear that there is a genuine title race between the two Glasgow sides for the Premiership. Celtic still have a two-point lead at the top of the table but with a game in hand, the Rangers could overtake them very easily. Although there is still a long way to go before the end of the season, most disheartening is the manner in which Steven Gerrard’s side have completely outplayed them in their last two meetings.
Former Celtic star, Kris Commons, believes that strengthening in January will be key if Celtic intend to get their title challenge back on track after Sunday’s setback. As reported by Sky Sports, Commons said:
“When this fixture was played in September, Steven Gerrard was quick to go out and get Ryan Kent permanently after they lost the derby.
“It will be interesting to see if Celtic do the same and make that extra push by going out and getting a striker for £7-9m to partner Edouard.
“Maybe another midfielder too. I think if Celtic recruit well in January, then that will show a statement of intent. It’s the same for Rangers too. Both teams have improved every six months, so they must both keep on improving.”
One thing is for sure, the board cannot sit around and do nothing. Celtic have the chance of making history this season by winning a record-equaling ninth straight league title. And if they end up blowing that oppurtunity because they wanted to save a few millions, they’ll regret it forever.