Celtic had an opportunity to clinch their seventh consecutive Scottish Premier League title over the weekend, but Brendan Rodgers’ side suffered an unfortunate 2-1 defeat at Easter Road to Hibs. Of course, considering the club still hold a healthy 10-point edge on both Rangers and Aberdeen with just a few games to go, another Celtic Premiership title is all but a certainty at this point.
Captain Scott Brown told the media Monday that the team is ready to move on from the disappointing result against Hibs, and that the team would relish the potential chance to win the title on their home turf. Celtic will host Rangers at Parkhead this Sunday on what figures to be a special afternoon for the home side if things go according to plan. Expecting a team to rebound from a tough loss with an emphatic victory is often a common betting mistake, but wagering against this side winning the title on their home ground would look foolish at this point.
Celtic are just a couple of weeks removed from humiliating Rangers by a 4-0 margin in the Scottish Cup, and Brown says the team is eager to make their rivals even more miserable in the league. While speaking at the team’s new kit launch, Brown said, “It’s always special to win a title at Celtic Park and to do it against Rangers would be fantastic.”
A victory on Sunday would give Celtic its 49th Scottish Premiership title, which, as you may expect, is the most all-time. Celtic have also won the Scottish Cup another 37 times with 17 titles in the Scottish League Cup. The side will have the opportunity to pull off the treble by winning the league and beating Motherwell in the final of the Scottish Cup next month.
Brown added, “I’m sure the fans will be loving it. If we could win it, it would be the sweetest Rangers-Celtic victory I’ve ever experienced.”
Celtic have owned Rangers of late, so it makes sense that the fans should expect the trophy to be clinched this weekend. Brown said,
“Do we have a psychological edge over them after what happened in the semi-final? Yeah, that’s now 10 games we’re undefeated against them so that speaks for itself.”
“Every game is different but we’re looking forward to it.”
The captain went on to say that Rangers should “expect a backlash” in light of Celtic’s discouraging loss to Hibs. He also acknowledged that he expects Gers to come out aggressively, adding, “Rangers are going to have to come after us a little bit more and try to set their own mark on the game.”
“But we’ll do what we always do. We’ll turn up, we’ll play our own game – and when we do that we know we can beat any team in this country.”
Brown has enjoyed yet another successful campaign under Rodgers, as he was voted by both the fans and his own teammates as Celtic’s Player of the Year at the club’s annual awards ceremony.