Adam Matthews explains why Celtic are in a competitive title race

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Adam Matthews says Celtic cannot afford to get complacent in the Scottish Premiership, with Aberdeen and Dundee United very much in the title race.

Aberdeen and Dundee United are doing their best to rule themselves out of the Scottish Premiership title race, with Derek McInnes and Jackie McNamara eager to take pressure away from their players.

Celtic, though, are aware that they face fierce competition for top spot this season.

They have had things all their own way in the wake of Rangers’ financial struggles, with the Old Firm rivalry broken at the highest level.

It was expected that another canter towards domestic glory would be enjoyed by the Hoops this season, but they are only four points clear at the summit.

Adam Matthews is among those keen to point out that Ronny Deila’s side will be taking nothing for granted, with those at Parkhead paying little attention to the claims of rivals at Pittodrie and Tannadice that they are not in the mix.

The Wales international said in the Daily Record: “That’s just them playing it down. If they’re close to us they’re going to want to make a title race of it.

“We know the pressure is on us and we’re expected to run away with it but it’s not going to happen like that in football.

“Every time someone plays Celtic they step up their game.

“When we’re not on our game, we get beat. That’s why the gap’s just four points. We go into every game with the same mindset.”

Celtic came unstuck in their last outing, against Dundee United, breaking a run of eight straight wins in the league.

They remain the side to beat in the Scottish top-flight, but they may be pushed a little harder than they would like during the race to the finishing post over the second-half of the season.

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