Clueless Kris Boyd has questioned how Celtic will handle playing three games a week ahead of the World Cup break in November.
The good news for hoops supporters and Ange Postecoglou is that there is only one spell of three games in a week- against RB Leipzig on October 5, St Johnstone October 8 then RB Leipzig at home on October 11.
Over the next EIGHT days Celtic have a Glasgow derby, Real Madrid and Livingston to face. A week lasts seven days with that pattern repeated through most of October and into November.
If Boyd is worried about how that schedule will impact Celtic there are no club matches between September 18 and October 1, a useful breather before things do hot up but not to the rate of three matches a week.
Explaining his theory, Boyd tells Sun readers:
VICTORY for Celtic tomorrow afternoon would give them a commanding early lead in the title race.
But all the talk I’m hearing about the Premiership being over if they go five points clear is preposterous.
Whatever happens at Parkhead there will be plenty of twists and turns before any silverware is handed out.
Yes, Celts have won five straight Premiership games with the minimum of fuss.
And a lot has been made of the performances because they have been eye-catching.
But the toughest challenges for them start now with Gers, quickly followed by Real Madrid.
The big question for Celtic is — will they be able to handle playing three games a week for the foreseeable future?
Since the turn of the year Rangers have played virtually every midweek due to their European exploits. Their schedule has been relentless.
Celts have only played four or five midweek games in the same period. Will being fresher prove a big advantage heading into the glut of fixtures they face before the World Cup?
Or will the hectic campaign favour Rangers more because they are more used to it?
Later on he adds:
There is even an argument to suggest Gers’ start to the season has been just as good, if not better, than the Hoops’. The calibre of opponents the Ibrox men have faced has been of a higher standard.
They have come through bigger tests than their rivals by negotiating two crucial Champions League qualifiers. Going to Eindhoven and winning with so much on the line was a great achievement by anybody’s standards. Though none of that will matter when Nick Walsh sounds his whistle at 12.30pm. And while it will be close Celtic are still the more likely victors.
Saturday’s match is in the SPFL, over five matches Celtic have established a two point lead. While they have had three away games and two at home their city rivals have had the reverse, an easier run of fixtures.
Celtic’s goal difference is plus 20, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side is plus 11. When the stats are overwhelming it is best to leave something alone than try to convince yourself that black is white.
Boyd will be part of Sky Sports’ coverage of tomorrow’s match from Celtic Park.