FOR the first time this season Celtic have only domestic football on their minds. The other Scottish sides were all out of Europe before the Glasgow Fair, one losing to the fourth best pub team in Luxembourg, so they have had an incredible 8 months to focus on trying to win the Betfred Cup and overtake the Champions at the top of the league.
Celtic of course retained the Betfred Cup back in November so that didn’t go very well for the challengers. This morning the are at least nine points behind Celtic who go to Aberdeen tomorrow while Rangers hope to close the gap to 6 points today at home to Hearts.
Their supporters are full of hope for three points today and hope that The Dons can do them both a four tomorrow against a tired Celtic after their traumatic night on Thursday in St Petersburg. We reported last night on Derek McInnes’ view that his side is due a win against Celtic. You can read this HERE.
Of course Hearts could win today and Celtic could complete a hellish 10 in a row for McInnes tomorrow and the gap would be 12 points. So it’s going to be an interesting weekend!
Brendan Rodgers, back from Russia, dismissed the rumours about Tom Rogic rejecting a new deal – read HERE – and turned his attention to domestic matters. That means winning the league and the Scottish Cup to complete back to back trebles.
“We have a great opportunity now to go on and the next possibilities are the league and the Cup,” Brendan said.
“To do that would bring yet again a historical season for us.
“Our focus is now very much on the game at Aberdeen tomorrow.”
Rodgers doesn’t think that his 100% record over McInnes’ side has any significance.
“The past is the past now. We will learn from that,” Brendan said.
“You have to look forward and for us this is a really exciting finish to the season now.
“In the main, we will have one game a week, so the players will be super intense, super ready for all the games.
“Let’s go and really attack this last part of the season and show our qualities.
“Now we have a clear run domestically. From June of last year, we have been virtually playing every other week.
“The squad has had injuries. The players have shown great fight right through until this stage so now we have a clear run at it and we will be looking to finish the season very strongly.”
Read Jim Craig’s Diary this morning…On this day, Celtic beat Rangers 3-2 then went on something of a celebration…read HERE
TEENAGE KICKS, Declan’s Diary from the Invincible season, August 2016…read HERE.
Listen to Frank McAvennie on The Celtic Star Podcast…
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