Chris Sutton has claimed in his Daily Record column that Neil Lennon’s Celtic side cannot afford many more slip-ups in the race for the Scottish Premiership title, after being leaprfrogged by Rangers prior to the international break.
Ryan Christie was shown a red card at the Tony Macaroni Stadium, allowing Gary Holt’s Livingston to go on and win 2-0 against the Scottish champions. It was the second league game in a row Celtic had failed to win, after drawing with Hibernian.
Rangers, meanwhile, continued their sensational form under Steven Gerrard this season with a 5-0 win over Hamilton at Ibrox. Jermain Defoe notched a hat-trick, making it 16 wins from 20 matches in all competitions.
Celtic legend Sutton spoke ahead of Celtic’s home clash against Ross County, and Rangers’ trip to Hearts, that Lennon’s side cannot afford many more slip-ups like their last two league games if they want to win nine in a row.
“Rangers have gone top and have showed signs they will compete this season,” Sutton said. “We’ve yet to see how they cope heading down the stretch but Celtic can’t afford too many slip-ups after failing to win their last two league games.”
TBR’s view – This season’s title may come down to Old Firm matches
Celtic picked up an excellent 2-0 win at Ibrox in the first meeting of the season between the two sides. The two teams are likely to drop the odd point against the rest of the division this season, but the most meaningful clashes are the Old Firm battles.
The Hoops have come out on top so far, but it may be that the title is decided on who fares best in the four league meetings the two sides will play throughout the course of the 2019-20 campaign. Twists and turns aplenty, are expected.