Prior to the start of the 2016/17 season, few doubted that Celtic would steamroller their way to the Scottish Premiership title. Whether they could head through the season without suffering a single defeat in domestic competition was a big ask although any doubters look set to be silenced as the Hoops move closer to ending the season unbeaten.
Is this a healthy situation for Scottish football to be in? Clearly it isn’t. Judging by Celtic’s recent European campaigns it obviously isn’t healthy for them either. Nevertheless it is how it is and until Rangers once again climb back up to where they once were before dropping to the third tier of the domestic game, the Hoops will remain without rivals.
Looking ahead to this weekend’s match at Parkhead, visitors St Johnstone have faced Celtic three times this season and have suffered three defeats. Will this weekend be any different? It’s highly unlikely. Any suggestion that Brendan Rodger’s men would take their feet off the gas were well and truly quashed by their 5-1 hammering of arch-rivals Rangers in last weekend’s Old Firm derby at Ibrox. Indeed the Hoops are very much on course to win a domestic treble and they won’t be in any mood to let anyone spoil their party along the way.
As for visitors St Johnstone, the Perth side are resigned to finishing fourth in the Scottish Premiership table. With Rangers back in the top-flight, this is an excellent outcome for Tommy Wright’s men and whilst just six points exist between themselves and a European place, defeat at Celtic Park this weekend will scupper any slim hopes that the Saints have of closing the gap on third-placed Rangers.
Indeed the only question really worth asking is whether St Johnstone can find the net against Celtic. Quite a few teams have of late with the Hoops managing a mere two clean sheets in their last nine competitive outings and as such, this make a Celtic win and Both Teams to Score an attractive proposition at odds of 2/1. That’s probably the best on offer in what will almost certainly be a thoroughly one-sided encounter.