Chris Sutton sees Rangers route back into title race after cup defeat of Celtic
Chris Sutton believes the Scottish title race is far from over with Rangers still set to visit Celtic again, who could slip up on a poor Ross County pitch.
Gers redressed some of the recent Old Firm balance with victory over their Glasgow rivals in the cup semi-final at the weekend, but the Hoops hold a six point lead at the top of the league.
Sutton however is far from confident yet that his former side will regain the title, and sees a route back for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men with five games left and the final derby set for 1 May.
“Celtic six points clear with a superior goal difference but I think they are so evenly matched and of course Rangers have to go to Celtic Park in a couple of weeks.
“They could beat Celtic and it is down to three. Celtic’s trip to Ross County next up. Not a great pitch.
“I thought Celtic missed [Giorgos] Giakoumakis and his physical presence. They couldn’t get up the pitch. I think Rangers played on that. I don’t know how long he is out for.
“I think that is a big deal Celtic getting him back. But the next game is so important.
“I still think there is a title race on.
“One thing I am totally sure of is the Celtic players and manager know there is a title race still on.
“They have worked their way into an incredible position.”
Had Celtic triumphed and reached the cup final at Hampden Park on Sunday (17 April) it would be hard to imagine them letting their lead slip.
But the result and the performance from the Light Blues could have caused some doubt to creep in.
It is surely unlikely that they drop points three times in the final games, considering their goal difference, but not impossible.
The Bears themselves were held to a damaging 3-3 draw at Ross County when they visited in January so it isn’t unthinkable that the other side of Glasgow might find it difficult.
They surely will have to fail to win that game for there to be any chance of the title defence getting back on track though.
If the gap narrows before van Bronckhorst takes his side to Celtic Park there is a chance to put the pressure on, although they will have to improve massively from the last visit.
But if Ange Postecoglou can lead his side to victory at Dingwall on Sunday (24 April) that will likely close the door.
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