Alex McLeish makes prediction over Celtic's title hopes this season

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Alex McLeish believes Celtic will still win the Scottish Premiership title this season.

Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish has told BBC Sport that, despite Aberdeen's great start to the season, Celtic will still win the Scottish Premiership.

Aberdeen ran Celtic close last season, but the Bhoys made it four titles in a row - leaving Dons manager Derek McInnes to ramp up another title bid this season.

So far, it couldn't have gone any better for Aberdeen. With 24 points from eight games, Aberdeen have won every game this season, opening up a five point cushion over Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

That winning run included a 2-1 victory over Celtic at Pittodrie earlier this month, leading to questions over whether Aberdeen could seriously end Celtic's dominance of Scottish football with a shock title win this season.

Now, former Rangers boss Alex McLeish - who spent 16 years as a player at Aberdeen - has commented on the chances of his former club winning the title.

Speaking to BBC Sport, McLeish says that whilst Aberdeen and their manager McInnes have been superb this season, he's still predicting that Celtic will run out winners come the end of the season.

"Aberdeen have needed a good team for a long time and [manager] Derek McInnes has done some sterling work over the last couple of years," said McLeish. "Will they win the title? I would say it will still be Celtic," he added.

Bhoys manager Ronny Deila has come under increasing pressure this season after an underwhelming start to the season, but the 6-0 win over Dundee on Sunday showed just what Celtic can do when they are in top form - and they must now continue to play that way as they chase down Aberdeen at the top.

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