Stats suggest Erik Sviatchenko's ambitious claims regarding Celtic's rivals are wrong

Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko scores a goal which is later disallowed

Celtic are cruising to the Scottish Premiership title with their rivals choking on their dust in the distance.

Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko looks dejected

If Celtic centre-back Erik Sviatchenko is aiming to protect the integrity of the Scottish top flight, or at least make his club’s saunter to the title look a little less leisurely, he could surely do better than this, as reported by the Daily Record.

As it stands, The Hoops are 27 points clear at the top of the table having won 23 of their 24 league fixtures. For what it’s worth they drew the other. Furthermore, they’ve scored 20 goals more than the next most prolific outfit (fourth placed Hearts) while they’ve conceded four fewer than current runners-up Aberdeen.

En route to a sixth consecutive top flight title, Brendan Rodgers’ side also smashed the ‘Lisbon Lions’ 50 year record after going 27 games unbeaten.

Yet, Danish defender Sviatchenko, to his credit, has attempted to play down the gap between Celtic and the rest. Or perhaps chasm would be a better word.

"There are plenty of other leagues in Europe where there has been a big difference between the league leaders and the rest,” Sviatchenko told the Daily Record. "That's certainly been true in Spain and France in the past and also Denmark right now.

Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko scores a goal which is later disallowed

"Here in Scotland, our opponents play aggressive football and are good at organising themselves against us. There are no matches that are a walkover - often we just win by one goal."

Yes, 11 of Celtic’s 23 league wins have been secured by a one goal margin, almost half of their tally.

But, on the flipside, the fact that they have beaten Rangers 5-1, Aberdeen 4-1, Kilmarnock 6-1, Ross County 4-0, Partick 4-1, Hearts 4-0 and St Johnstone 5-2, not to mention knocking five and six past Motherwell and Inverness in the Scottish Cup, doesn’t exactly offer much of a defence for the quality of the domestic game.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths and Scott Brown celebrate after Tomas Rogic (background) scores their first goal

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