How close are Celtic to the title after seeing off Rangers challenge at Ibrox? Monday Jury – Record Sport Online

After the result at Ibrox, where are Celtic placed for the title?

KEITH JACKSON: So close they can almost touch it. They’ve been the best team in the country this season and won’t let it slip from here.

ANDY NEWPORT: Virtually home and hosed. It will take an almighty collapse for them to miss out on the title and that seems highly unlikely with Ange Postecoglou pushing them on. The Aussie deserves huge credit for the way he’s rebuilt this side.

CRAIG SWAN: It’s in their hands and it is going to be very difficult for Rangers to catch them if they keep up their current work. Brilliantly placed.

GORDON PARKS: It’s now done and dusted. Celtic’s six point cushion is more than enough to claim the trophy back with something to spare.

How will Rangers fare against Braga in the Europa League first leg on Thursday night?

KEITH: A draw away from home would get this quarter-final off to a flying start. Rangers should have enough to achieve it.

ANDY: They’re going to have to pick themselves up after the pain of Sunday’s result. Losing Morelos is another blow but this side have proven already this season they can dust off domestic disappointments to impress in Europe.

CRAIG: Rangers have shown a great ability to raise themselves for Europe this season and they might just do it again and respond to their Celtic loss.

GORDON: Nobody should discount the ability of Rangers to travel in Europe and gain huge results after their Europa League exploits in recent seasons but without talisman Alfredo Morelos it’s a huge ask and Braga could be a bridge too far.

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Will Hearts defeat Hibs and wreck their rivals’ top six hopes?

KEITH: Probably. They’re secure in third place for a reason and Hibs are struggling to find any kind of momentum under Shaun Maloney.

ANDY: It would be a major surprise if they didn’t get the win. Robbie Neilson’s side have been consistently impressive all year while Hibs still don’t really look like they’ve got to grips with Shaun Maloney’s new methods.

A draw against Dundee United means Hibs will likely need a win at Tynecastle to secure top six

CRAIG: Hearts have been terrific for the majority of the season and they will relish this opportunity for a big derby win ahead of the Scottish Cup semi-final meeting.

GORDON: Hibs have a huge issue in the final third and it’s difficult to see where the goals will come from, let’s be honest, one win in the last 12 Premiership games doesn’t merit top six and it could be more misery at Tynecastle.

How do you rate Jim Goodwin’s start at Aberdeen?

KEITH: Could do better. The Dons have been this season’s biggest underachievers and although Goodwin has steadied the ship they continue to punch way below their weight.

ANDY: Unconvinced. He’s not been able to fix the glaring flaws that were obvious under Stephen Glass – but it’s still early doors yet. Let’s wait to make a proper judgment until after he’s had the chance to bring in his own recruits.

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CRAIG: It’s not fair to rate Goodwin in shape or form. Those judgments can only be made once we get going next season.

GORDON: Poor recruitment at Pittodrie was always going to impact Goodwin’s start to life at the Dons but he’s added a bit of belief and an improved work ethic but he’ll need to get his own players in before he can be properly judged.

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