Celtic suffered a setback in the league title race after being overtaken by Aberdeen just before New Year’s Day.
Ronny Deila’s team failed to get a victory against Ross County at home, while they watched Aberdeen secure a 2-0 victory over St Johnstone. Even though Aberdeen have played a game more than Celtic, this is seen as a major psychological advantage for the table leaders.Deila, though, has pointed to the statistics to say that Celtic have been the superior team in the Scottish Premier League this season. Celtic have been far more entertaining than Aberdeen.
While they have managed to score 34 goals from the 18 matches, Aberdeen have scored only 29 from one more additional match. Celtic have also the better defensive record of the two with just 12 goals conceded from these matches. Deila is under no illusion that Celtic will regain the top spot when they win the match against Partick Thistle. This match was scheduled to take place on New Year’s Day, but it has now been postponed. As a result of this, the Scottish Premier League has just witnessed a seachange with neither Celtic nor Rangers being top of the table for the first time in 22 years.
“So far we have been the best team in this league. We have scored most and conceded fewest.If we win our game in hand we will be two points ahead. We know what we have been doing is the best in the league but we have to keep progressing.It is still in our hands, if we win all our games we’ll be league winners.It is early though to start talking about it. There are 19 games left, 20 for us, so we’ll see how things are when there’s one month left,” said the Celtic boss.