The door is open for Celtic to reclaim title from the Rangers

The door is open for Celtic to reclaim ground on theRangers to win this Year’s cinch Premiership title…

In March this year, theRangers made history when they won their first Scottish Premiership League title in their history to end Celtic’s dominance over Scottish football. Steven Gerrard club claimed a 55th league title, remarkable given the club was founded in 2012 by Charles Green after the previous Rangers FC was liquidated. This first title win for the new Ibrox club put an end to Celtic’s successive run of nine Scottish Premiership crowns. If you are a self-confessed football fanatic and are wondering whether the door is open for Celtic to reclaim ground on theRangers – the Hoops are currently 6 points adrift going into 2022 – to win this season’s cinch Premiership, continue reading to find out everything you need to know as the highly anticipated final in May edges closer.

19th December 2021; Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish League Cup final, Hibernian versus Celtic: Kyogo Furuhashi of Celtic celebrates after he makes it 2-1 to Celtic in the 72nd minute

The club’s performance so far

If you have been keeping up to date with Celtic’s performance during the course of this season so far, you may have your own thoughts when it comes to whether Celtic deserve to be six points adrift going into the winter break..Celtic got off to a bad start at Tunecastle on the opening day of the the season on 31 July, going down 2-1 to Hearts, although Ange Postecoglou’s side were unlucky as they had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside.

This was followed by some big wins in the next string of matches that got fans excited with consecutive 6-0 wins over both Dundee and St Mirren on 8 and 21 August  respectively. In the months that followed, Celtic only suffered another two losses against theRangers at Ibrox and away to Livingston but have managed to maintain a consistently strong performance on the pitch up to the last match of the year, a 3-1 win away to St Johnstone, who of course won both the League Cup and Scottish Cup last season.

15th December 2021; Victoria Park, Dingwall, Scotland, Scottish Premier league football, Ross County versus Celtic; Anthony Ralston of Celtic celebrates after he heads the winner for Celtic in the 97th minute making it 2-1

The current predictions

If you have your sights set on Celtic clinching victory at this year’s Scottish Premiership, you may already be familiar with the current predictions to emerge on a number of sports betting platforms, such as GGPoker in recent weeks. It may be theRangers that are the current favourites to win with 8/15 but Celtic are attractively priced in close second place with 11/8. If you have kept up to date with previous year’s Scottish Premiership seasons, you may also be aware that with the season’s conclusion still a number of months away, this can all change and be turned on its head before the title winners eventually are known. It is also worth remembering that whilst Hearts and Aberdeen are in third and fourth position respectively, they are sitting at 250/1 and 500/1 and are, if this season is anything to go by, unlikely to shuffle too far forward between now and May.

Tom Rogic of Celtic celebrates after scoring the only goal of the game during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Motherwell FC at on December 12, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This decade’s winners

In order to determine whether the door is open for Celtic to reclaim ground on theRangers to win this year’s SPL, it may be worth analysing this decade’s winners so far. It is no secret that Celtic and the two Rangers clubs have battled for dominance over Scottish football for centuries but it is recent years, and last year in particular, that the competition has taken a turn after Rangers Fc were liquidated and ceased to exist with a successor club formed in 2012 making a triumphant start to the Scottish football scene in the old Scottish Third Division, the bottom tier in the game North of the border. However their first ever major trophy came last season when Steven Gerrard won his first title of his career as a player or manager after three years trying to win something at Ibrox. That Scottish Premiership title win stopped Celtic in their tracks just as they were anticipating their tenth win in a row.

If you are a fan of Scottish football, you may have your sights set on Celtic reclaiming ground on theRangers to win this year’s cinch Premiership when the season ends in May 2022. In order to determine whether or not this is possible, however, it may be worth taking the time to analyse the club’s performance so far, the current predictions that have recently emerged on a number of sports betting platforms, and, perhaps most importantly, this decade’s winners and theRangers’ role in preventing Celtic from cinching their tenth win in a row just a matter of months ago in March.

Celtic have two homes games against theRangers to come and will visit Ibrox just once. They are all likely to add significant quality to the squad with Ange Postecoglou returning to the J-League to sign three top quality Japan internationals in the January transfer window. Meanwhile the cash strapped Ibrox club is more likely to be selling several of their top stars.

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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