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Celtic’s Frantic February – Handling Fixture Congestion Crucial for League and Cup Glory

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February fixture congestion…

With Celtic still battling on three fronts this season, February has already turned into fixture congestion with EIGHT games to cram into 28 days. The League Cup was won in December and Celtic still have strong interest in succeeding in the cinch Premiership, the Scottish Cup and the Europa Conference League and progress in all three will be required during the busy February fixture list.

Following the Glasgow Derby against theRangers (2 Feb) , Celtic will travel to Motherwell (6 Feb) in the league followed by another away fixture at Aberdeen (9 Feb).

The Bhoys then have a home Scottish Cup match against Raith Rovers (date TBC) before they return to European action and a Europa Conference League match against Bodo Glimt (17 & 24 Feb).Sandwiched between the two legs of their Europa Conference match is a home game against Dundee (20 Feb) before they round off the month with an away trip to Hibernian (27 Feb).

As the fixtures and travel begin to mount up in February, it will be interesting to see if Celtic can perform across all three competitions or whether the focus will shift back to the league, regaining the title they lost to theRangers last season, ending a run of nine straight title wins.

Celtic have yet to top the table this season, starting off with that defeat to Hearts and then losing to theRangers back at the end of August. They have occupied second place in the table since match-day 14 as they look to overhaul theRangers before the end of season split.

Scottish Premiership odds

As we head past the mid-point of the 2021-22 Scottish Premiership season, it’s no surprise to once again find a two-horse race for the title between Celtic and theRangers. A lot will rest on the Glasgow Derby on 2 February where home form should go in Celtic’s favour this season. Head-to-head form suggests otherwise though and a defeat for Celtic could make it a steep mountain to climb given they are battling on three fronts this season.

Kyogo, Ange Postecoglou and Callum McGregor celebrate with the League Cup. Photo Jeff Holmes

After gameweek 21, theRangers are the favourites with Betway to lift the title again this season at 1.61 with Celtic priced at 2.25. We can expect these odds to change a few times between now and the end of the season, however, with just four points separating the teams and three head-to-head matches still to come, two of these at Celtic Park. Many Celtic supporters will of course be taking advantage of the attractive odds current available as there is a strong belief inside the Celtic support that Ange Postecoglou’s side will win the title this season.

So don’t expect Celtic to give up the title easily. The fans and many of the players have become used to success over the past decade and whilst the resurgence of theRangers is arguably good for the Scottish game, Celtic fans have not enjoyed their noisy neighbours taking the recent city bragging rights after winning their first ever major honour last season. So all Celtic fans will be desperate for the team to close the gap next Wednesday night and pile the pressure on the latest Ibrox club.

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