HOOPS ARE BILLY’S FIRM FAVOURITES
CELTIC legend Billy Mcneill (left) believes the Hoops are in a “powerful position” going into the Old Firm derby at Parkhead next Wednesday night. Neil Lennon’s rejuvenated side have reduced the gap from 15 points to four with seven straight SPL wins, while Rangers have struggled for form in recent weeks.
Kilmarnock visit Celtic Park and Gers play St Mirren in Paisley on Saturday – but there’s already growing anticipation ahead of the second Glasgow derby of the season.
Former Celtic captain and manager Mcneill claims his old club have every right to be confident going in to what he believes to be a crucial period of the season.
“I think Celtic have got to be favourites,” he said. “They are sitting in a powerful position.
“They have played some nice football and things look good.
“This part of the season is one that proves if a team are capable of winning the league.
“This is often when teams lose their way but at the moment Celtic look positive and look as if they are capable of winning it.
“I think Neil’s team are playing well enough to get to the top of the league.
“When you come to the turn of the year, you have the Old Firm game, which is always important.
“A result would work wonders for Celtic.”
Mcneill was less enthusiastic about those Celtic fans who have landed the club in the dock again.
UEFA have charged the Hoops with “the displaying of a banner of an offensive nature and the setting off of fireworks” during their Europa League game against Udinese.
Mcneill said: “Celtic have always had a great support and it is disappointing to see people being daft.”
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