Celtic’s unexpected Dingwall bonus in title race

Yesterday was an unexpected bonus for Celtic up in Dingwall.  However our objective still remains exactly the same and that’s to win all our remaining games this season.

That will be the message from Brendan Rodgers to his players when they return to Lennoxtown to prepare of Saturday’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen at Hampden.

Beautiful Sunday in the Highlands

Well as it turned out, yesterday was indeed a very Beautiful Sunday, despite Celtic not being in action. Ross County produced the most unlikely result of the weekend by beat theRangers for the first time in their history of the two clubs playing each other. It’s only taken them around twelve years, but well done to the Staggies!

It certainly wasn’t a result anyone was anticipating as the Dingwall side who are second bottom of the table, were expected to be blown away by Phillipe Clements Galacticos. Especially after the Ibrox side took an early lead courtesy of a very unfortunate own goal from the Highlanders.

Tavernier? Penalty!

But the Staggies fought back brilliantly and hit three goals by the best keeper in world football in Jack Butland, and despite James Tavernier having his obligatory chance from the penalty spot, Don Cowie’s side held on for a hard earned but well deserved three points.

Whenever someone plays that word association game when  you say James Tavernier, the top answer you’d get is PENALTY.  Try it and see.

Pivotal moment

That result could prove to be a pivotal moment in the destination of the title, but from our own point of view our job still remains the same as it was before yesterday’s unexpected bonus.

We need to of course win all our remaining five matches, nothing changes in that aspect. As good as yesterday’s result from Dingwall was, we still need to fully focus on the task in hand, and that is to win our remaining games.

As things currently stand if both sides win all their remaining league matches they will be Champions. Yesterday’s result did change two dynamics in the title race.

Goal Difference swings in Celtic’s favour 

Firstly, if both sides win all their games outside of the Glasgow Derby then a draw in that Celtic v theRangers match will now be enough for Celtic whereas it favoured theRangers before they lost in the Highlands.

Secondly the weekend produced a goal difference swing in Celtic’s favour of four goals with Celtic now having increased the lead from one to five in the goal difference stake. Of course theRangers have a game in hand at Dundee in midweek where they have the chance to narrow the points gap to one point with a victory and also their goal difference deficit.

A frustrated theRangers fan alone in the stand after the final whistle. Final score Ross County 3 Rangers 2. Photo Stuart Wallace/Shutterstock

Titles can be decided by goal difference so it’s nice to see Celtic increase our advantage and we need to keep an eye on this over the coming weeks.

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