Celtic Have The Psychological Edge And Could Be Even Stronger After The Break

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Celtic returned to the top of the table at the weekend and will be there for at least the next 10 days or so as a downfall in Dundee put paid to Rangers’ Sunday plans.

The postponement could provide a psychological boost for the Hoops in the title race with league chiefs now scrambling to reschedule that fixture into an already congested calendar.

Whether the game is played before or after the Glasgow derby clash on Sunday 7th of April remains to be seen but either way it’s a headache that Phillipe Clement could do without.

For Celtic however all they can do is focus on their own fixtures.

It’s a mantra Brendan Rodgers continues to repeat and on that basis the only show in town for now is the next game against Livingston on the last day of the month.

Kyogo Celebrates His Opener Against St Johnstone
Kyogo Celebrates His Opener Against St Johnstone

Until then this latest international break provides an ideal opportunity for further rest and recuperation of certain players as Celtic look to return all guns blazing in their quest to retain the title.

The USA national team has agreed to allow Cameron Carter-Vickers to continue managing his rehabilitation at Lennoxtown during the break, whilst suggestions are that  Reo Hatate will step up his own recovery by taking part in a bounce game in the coming days.

An appearance on Livingston’s plastic pitch may be a risk that Rodgers is unwilling to take with the Japanese star, but could we see a morale boosting return in time for the crunch match against Rangers seven days later?

Alongside Carter-Vickers and Hatate of course, the huge hope in the camp is that skipper Callum McGregor will also be available for the title push having now missed the last three games with a niggling calf/achiles injury.

His influence in the Celtic dressing room is clear to see and though we can manage certain domestic games without his presence its clear that the manager will be desperate to see him line up at Ibrox – a place where he’s seen it and done it on a number of occasion during his 400+ appearances in the Hoops.

Captain Callum McGregor Could Return After The International Break
Captain Callum McGregor Could Return After The International Break

In the rough and tumble of a title race that looks like it could go down to the wire a lot of fans may be frustrated by the interruption of an international break at this time.

However for Celtic it could be the exactly the kind of reset we need as we target a third consecutive title, led by a trio of players who know exactly what it takes to lift the Scottish Premiership trophy.

On that basis, relax, enjoy the upcoming internationals if that’s your kind of thing and we can then return to the real stuff in just under two weeks’ time.

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