24 Mar MacLeod: Title race far from over
Celtic icon Murdo MacLeod insists the title race is still very much alive because the Hoops aren’t playing like champions.
Last weekend felt like a pivotal moment at the top of the Scottish Premiership as Aberdeen dropped points against Motherwell and Celtic won all three, with a stunning last-minute winner from Tom Rogic against Kilmarnock.
That opened up a four-point gap at the table’s summit, with Celtic having a game in hand over the Dons.
However, MacLeod believes there are still plenty more twists and turns to come.
“I don’t think it’s over. They won’t be sitting back and celebrating yet,” he told PLZ Soccer.
“They struggled against Kilmarnock, who are second bottom of the table, so that shows where they are at the minute.
“Just because Aberdeen have dropped points does not mean it’s over.
“Celtic could drop points next week and Aberdeen could win their game and keep it tight.
“They’ve got to win two or three games yet before Celtic can be champions.
“And you never know with the way they’ve been playing recently.
“They’ve always had enough to see out the challenge from Aberdeen but performances haven’t shown that.
“There’s been so many games where they’ve looked a bit flat and I think this is the time they should be lifting themselves up as they go in to the run-in.
“That’s when they want to turn on the style and start scoring goals because if Griffiths isn’t getting goals then there are very few others contributing goals so I’d like to see them as a team play a bit better.”
Celtic have been invited to play in the International Champions Cup in the summer with glamour friendlies against Leicester City, Barcelona and Inter pencilled in for July and August.
MacLeod admits it’s a great day out for the fans but says it musn’t distract the team from their main goal which is to get through the Champions League qualifiers.
“It’s going to be great but it’s just a pre-season game. I don’t get too excited about that if it had been a top Champions League game then that’s something to shout about,” he said.
“It will be good for the fans over in Dublin to be able to go and watch Barcelona and Celtic.
“But the players have got to be up to speed and get themselves ready for the qualifiers for the Champions League.”