Former Tartan Army striker – and occasional howitzer scorer – James McFadden, has bizarrely insisted that Celtic cannot afford to drop even one more point if they are to make history and secure their tenth league title in a row.
Despite being nineteen points adrift, Celtic have four games in hand, and if they win the rest of their twenty-two league games, they’ll have done exactly what wasrequired of them to bring home the illustrious achievement.
It is extremely absurd to realistically sit there and expect a 25-game winning streak to happen, though. The icing on the cake, yes. Is the claim more far-fetched than the idea of Carlton Cole having a successful career at Celtic Park? Yes…we think. Will both Celtic and theRangers drop points at some stage? Of course.
However, the Springburn-born McFadden is a genuine believer that Celtic will have to embark on the longest winning streak in Scottish history – joint with the memorable 25-game 2003/04 campaign – to claim history.
In an interview with Sky, the former Scotland assistant said: “I don’t think there is any margin for error for Celtic. They have to keep winning and forget what’s happening with Rangers.”
“They can hope their rivals drop points of course but they need to make sure they’re winning games. They’re on the right track and form is picking up, though. It’s all about building towards this big game at the end of the week.”
McFadden, who had more spells than Harry Potter at Motherwell with three, is no stranger to his home nation’s top division, with 38 goals in 128 games in the SPFL, despite a ten-year hiatus in the English Premier League with Everton, Birmingham City and Sunderland in his prime years. His opinion will be taken as gospel by many, but it would be extremely unusual if Rangers were to win every single one of their games from now on.
I mean, we are talking about a man who was the only player in the entire Everton squad to not sign autographs after a game when I went with my Toffee-loving father back in 2006, so it isn’t a surprise to see him do something controversial. That’s a story for another day, though.