Wednesday, April 06, 2011

SPL Tonight: Celtic's Turn For Catching Up

Celtic v Hibs

Rangers 2-0 win at St Johnstone has knocked Celtic off their perch at the top of the SPL.

Things could be worse. Celtic now have a game in hand and are only a point behind as their rivals count the cost of Dundee United's Ibrox win on Saturday.

Playing catch up might carry its own pressures. But it should also bring motivation.

Celtic have to be strong favourites tonight. On Sunday Hibs showed off both the progress they have made and their continued frailties in both attack and defence as Hearts' secured a point at Easter Road.

They remain undefeated in seven though and Celtic will need to guard against complacency.

Still have to expect a home win.

Motherwell v Dundee United

Stuart McCall's Motherwell are quite the teases, are they not?

After consistent inconsistency they wallop United 3-0 in the Scottish Cup and turn over Aberdeen as part of the undercard to Craig Brown and John Boyle's unlikely pugilist world title fight.

For their part United dusted themselves down after their Scottish Cup exit to give Ibrox the blues of Saturday.

Topsy-turvy.

A win tonight for the home side will settle the top six. But really, who knows what to expect.

Both are buoyant but I'll back United to extract a modicum of revenge.

Away win.

St Mirren v Aberdeen

Joy unconfined for St Mirren at the weekend as they put Hamilton to the sword. That 3-1 win doesn't guarantee St Mirren's SPL status but it goes a long way to removing the threat of relegation.

Aberdeen's season would now seem to be focused on their Scottish Cup semi final with Celtic, their league progress having stalled somewhat of late.

Their defeat at Motherwell will have smarted though and they'll be keen not to have second bottom St Mirren breathing down their necks.

Could be a tight one. Draw.