Before the start of the season, spirits were high around Celtic Park with the prospect of an unprecedented 10th Scottish League championship on the horizon, and bragging rights over their neighbours Rangers once again, who themselves also uphold a famous nine in a row of title throughout 1989-1997. A title triumph again for the green side of Glasgow would have out Celtic into a world of their own of 10 in a row and put the club on 52 league titles and just two behind Rangers' all-time record of 54.
However, fast forward to December, and the situation Cetlic find themselves in is far from the monopoly we have seen them hold over Scottish football in recent years. A defeat to Ross County in the League Cup a few weeks back ended a run of 35 cup wins and the hopes of retaining a trophy which they have held since 2016, which inevitably sparked chaotic scenes outside the ground in which two police officers were injured.
Swathes of the Hoops fans hurled metal dividers and violent abuse, calling for the resignation of Neil Lennon as the pressure continues to mount for the man who has won 10 league titles with the club (5 as a player, 5 as a manager). Rumours of Martin O’Neil returning to the club for a second managerial stint have intensified over recent weeks, and he is now favourite to take over at 11/10.
While the impeccable form of Steven Gerrard’s unbeaten Rangers side cannot be ignored, the Hoops find themselves trailing by 13 points, albeit with two games in hand. However, with just two wins since the start of September, the club have crashed out at the bottom of the Europa League by failing to win a single game and they also have just nine wins from 14 games in the Scottish top flight.
Rangers are now as short as 1/6 to win their first title since 2010/11 in what will be a damning moment in the history of Celtic, as they will finally succumb to the pressure that has been building from the blue side of Glasgow since they were promoted back to the SPFL in 2017. In fact, Rangers sit top of their Europa League group and top of the SPFL, with just four points dropped all season in Scotland, with nobody yet to beat them in their homeland.