Aberdeen and Derek McInnes deserve credit even if challenge to Celtic fades

Celtic are 1-8 to win the Scottish Premiership but Aberdeen have it in their power to alter the narrative before they visit the champions on 1 March

If you live by the age-old premise that a bookmaker is never wrong, then any notion of a scrap for this season’s Scottish Premiership title is a fanciful one. Celtic trail Aberdeen by four points yet the Glasgow side are generally 8-1 on to retain their championship.

There is more to that price than Celtic’s two games in hand. The past 29 top-flight titles have been claimed by the Old Firm. Rangers’ current, desperate state has simply turned a two-horse race into one with a single candidate, which in reality means precious little for the rest. Celtic’s vast resource in comparison with the remainder of Scotland should set them considerably apart, both on and off the pitch.

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