Closing the gap, Dons and Hibees throw challenge down

A lot has been made of the Ibrox team being closer to Celtic this year than last, something that was a mathematical certainty, Invincible seasons come along once in a century, ask history.

But the true movers this year have been Hibernian, a team that has come from the Championship to within a point of the European places.

That this has been done on a minimalist budget from a team playing in front of fewer than 20,000 fans is remarkable, it shows the tactical nous of Neil Lennon and the true worth of his squad.

Instead of bringing in Galacticos from Benfica B, he has got the most out of the squad that conquered the Championship and added to it for a minimal outlay.

Should Hibernian FC qualify for the European places, something that with a 6 pointer at home vs Sevco is within their grasp, should he be given funds in the summer we could well see the Edinburgh outfit breathing down our necks next season.

Of course, the second best club in the country will have something to say about that, Aberdeen has consistently secured second place and Hibs will face a real battle there.

A month ago Celtic was in a contrived title race due to a game being canceled and the SMSM and a particular constituency cheering at a cup draw.

Tonight Celtic will play that catch-up match vs a desperate Dundee FC fighting for their Premiership lives.

Victory for Celtic will propel us to a 12 point buffer over the second best team in the country, Aberdeen.

It is a vital game as Celtic look to put the Premiership to bed before the Scottish Cup  Semi-Final and the split fixtures where Celtic will come up against the form teams of the SPFL like Hibs and Aberdeen.

The run in looks to be the most interesting in years, it is all up for grabs, the Premiership and double treble for Celtic, maintaining second place for Aberdeen and a European dream for Hibernian.

Other clubs are surely feeling the squeeze just now.



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