Former Rangers midfielder Neale Cooper: Aberdeen can still catch Celtic

Former Rangers midfielder Neale Cooper believes that Aberdeen could win the Scottish Premiership title this season ahead of Celtic.

Former Rangers midfielder Neale Cooper has told The Scottish Sun that Celtic could slip up in the race for the Scottish Premiership title this season.

Cooper believes that his old club Aberdeen could catch the Bhoys in the final weeks of the season.

“I definitely think Aberdeen have still got a chance,” the 51-year-old told The Scottish Sun. “Losing to Inverness at Hampden will have knocked the stuffing out of Celtic.”

“It was a big blow for the Celtic players. Listen, that could make them even more hungry to win the league,” added Cooper. “They might come out against Dundee with all guns blazing. But we’ll see.

“I saw Aberdeen win again on Saturday. They weren’t great against Dundee United but once more they did what they had to do — and there’s absolutely no pressure on them. Everyone expects Celtic to win it.”

Could Celtic slip up?

At the moment, Celtic are five points clear of second-placed Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership table with a game in hand.

That match is against Dundee away from home at Dens Park on Wednesday, and it is hugely important that the Hoops win it.

Ronny Deila’s side will head into the game on the back of a 3-2 extra-time defeat to Premiership rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.

Celtic were expected to win the encounter at Hampden Park in Glasgow, but they failed to do so.

It will be interesting to see how the Hoops bounce back from that defeat. Winning against Dundee away from home will not be easy, and if Celtic drop all three points, then Aberdeen will certainly fancy their chances of catching them.

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