Celtic aim to settle a score on Wednesday night

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Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths believes Rangers can be reined in at the top of the table.

Steven Gerrard’s men are undefeated in 18 Premiership matches this season, and have built up a 16-point gap.

Celtic, however, have three games in hand and are buoyed by the Scottish Cup Final win against Hearts on Sunday that saw them secure a historic quadruple treble.

The two sides meet in a crucial derby on January 2, but before then Neil Lennon’s side are aiming to settle a score against Ross County.

They welcome the Staggies to Celtic Park on Wednesday night less than a month after the visitors pulled off a shock 2-0 win in Glasgow to knock Celtic out of the Betfred Cup.

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The champions then face Hamilton Accies and Dundee United before travelling to Ibrox, and cup final goalscorer Griffiths believes his side can take maximum points from the three matches preceding the derby.

Speaking in Record Sport, the 30-year-old said: “We are targeting nine out of nine points from those games.

“They are fixtures we look at and know we should be winning. Performances recently might make people think differently. But we’ll be ready.

“Ross County will make it hard and try to do the double over us. Our aim is to get back to work and get those three points.

“Our job is to go and win these games between now and the end of the month and that sets us up nicely for the big one (against Rangers) in January.

“The league campaign is a marathon, not a sprint.

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“Of course we can win the league. We do that by staying focused on every game and taking maximum points. That starts on Wednesday night against Ross County.

‘We’ll be looking for a bit of revenge against them because they put us out of the Betfred Cup.

‘We’re looking forward to that. The celebrations after Hampden were brief and we got focused on the next game.

“The Europa League was disappointing, of course, but the main focus is still to make sure we’re in that title race.”

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