Celtic are preparing for today’s game against Hibs a colossal 22 points behind Rangers – albeit with four games in hand. The Scottish Champions have struggled at times this year but can still see a pathway to the 10th consecutive title.
However, not everyone in the league thinks that Celtic will ease to a silver medal spot; an unusually absurd comment from a fellow SPFL player has quashed this foregone conclusion, with the player in question claiming that the Hoops will be pushed right to the very end by a number of teams.
Joe Lewis, Aberdeen’s captain, spoke to The Daily Record yesterday about Celtic’s wobble this season. Adamant that they could challenge for second-spot, Lewis was upbeat about his sides’ first chance to qualify for Europe’s biggest club competition for the first time in 35 years.
“I’m not going to rule out finishing second, that would be silly from the position we are in”, Lewis said.
“I don’t want to target specific teams, we’ll just take it game by game as we always do. We’re halfway through the season and it is beginning to take shape, but it has to be a target for us to finish as high up the league as possible. And second place is still very achievable for us at this point in the season.”
“We’re not going to write it off, that’s for sure. A Champions League spot for second place is certainly a carrot for every club, so that’s there for teams in and around it. The teams around us like Celtic and Hibs will be thinking the exact same thing as we are – we’ll be fighting until the death.”
“Look at the great run Livingston are on right now as well, so you can’t write off anyone in this league.”
Bold claims from a man whose club who haven’t finished in the top two since 2017-2018 – and in a league containing both Celtic and Rangers at their peaks, haven’t finished in the top two since 1994. Celtic can see a pathway to the title if they win all their 19 games, including two against Rangers; however, it requires that they drop some points as well.