Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has admitted that he is still worried by the strength of Celtic and believes the criticism coming their way has been unwarranted.
The Hoops currently sit in sixth place below the likes of Hearts, Rangers, Hibernian, Livingston and Kilmarnock – but McInnes has admitted that he has not been fooled by their indifferent form so far.
He adds that it is too early on in the campaign to start judging a club by their form, and says that they have the manager and the players who have the ability to turn their fortunes around.
“A lot has been made of Celtic’s start and it goes with the territory when big clubs don’t win games, but it’s very early in the season for people to be writing people off and, for me, Celtic are still the team to beat,” he told the Evening Times.
“They’ve got a manager and the players who have done it time and time again. A lot of the questions have been a bit premature, but understandably when they don’t win games the criticism comes. They are a top side full of top players.”
Celtic may not be where they want to be in the league table, but they now need to suck it up and prove that they are still the team to beat, as pointed out by McInnes. He is right – we should not be fooled by their mixed start to the season, as after all, they are still a team full of quality players complete with Brendan Rodgers as their boss. However, they must prove that recent events have been a blip, and go back to churning out the excellent performances everybody knows they are capable of. It is frustrating to see a team like the Hoops not at their best, but then again, it would be rather exciting if the title race opened up a little bit this season. They must not write off the teams that currently sit above them in the table, otherwise that complacency will cost them further along the line.