Mark Wilson has told Sky Sports that Celtic’s performance against Motherwell should have helped to ease supporter concerns and cemented their standing as favourites to capture the Scottish Premiership title.
Ronny Deila’s side have failed to dominate that particular race this season, with surprising stumbles suffered at home and on the road.
Their inconsistencies have left the door open to others, with Aberdeen, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Dundee United still in the mix.
Celtic were, however, able to put down a marker to their rivals on Wednesday as they blew Motherwell away 4-0 at Parkhead.
Wilson was among those impressed by the rejuvenated Hoops, with there a swagger back in Celtic’s stride which will have fans believing that the corner has been turned and that entertaining football is back on the agenda in Glasgow.
Former Bhoys full-back Wilson told Sky Sports News HQ on Thursday: “Celtic showed last night that they are definitely favourites for this title. I think it was a performance that Celtic needed last night.
“It’s been a bit of a mixed bag for them this season in terms of their form, they have had a lot of tough games. Their home form hasn’t been great – they may have been winning 1-0 or 2-0 here or there, but it hasn’t really been entertaining.
“I think some of the fans were starting to worry, especially when they slipped up against Ross County and Hamilton. When they found themselves chasing Aberdeen, it was a big ask for Celtic to go out last night and win the game but also put on a performance. They won 4-0 but it could have been anything, they hit the bar three times, and it will really give them confidence going forward.”
Celtic are back on top of the table, with a third straight win edging them to the summit.
They are only one point clear of Aberdeen, but the Dons have played a game more and know their fine form must be maintained if they are to remain within touching distance.
Deila will, however, be looking for his troops to ignore the efforts of others and to keep things in their own hands, with it vital that the momentum being built at present is carried through to the end of the campaign.