Where Celtic title challenge could be decided with Rangers to avoid 'uncomfortable' top six Premiership fixture

Celtic's Callum McGregor at Rugby Park
Celtic's Callum McGregor at Rugby Park -Credit:SNS Group

Ex-Celtic goalkeeper Alan Rough reckons a trip to Kilmarnock when the post-split fixtures are announced could leave the title dream of his former side in tatters.

Fans are awaiting the Scottish Premiership supercomputer churning out the post-split fixtures later this week following the conclusion of Dundee's postponed clash with Rangers. While we already know who the top six sides in the country will be the this season it remains to be seen who will emerge in fifth spot between Tony Docherty's side and St Mirren before the fixture list is generated.

Brendan Rodgers’ side still due to play Rangers and Hearts at home for a second time. That could leave away days against Dundee, Kilmarnock and St Mirren on the calendar. Celtic have already slumped to two defeats at Rugby Park so far this term in the Premiership and the League Cup.

And while Rough reckons that Rodgers' men will make Celtic Park a fortress for the title battle with Rangers - he reckons Ayrshire could be where the title is won and lost. When discussing the upcoming fixture announcement with PLZ, he said: “There was evidence in the second half of the Rangers game that they were vulnerable.

"The first half of the St Mirren game they were ok. I still feel that if they were to go to Kilmarnock, if they were to go to Hearts it wouldn’t be a comfortable day for them and if somebody would have to come up with something special.

“At home, I can’t see them losing at all. It’s the away fixtures I think they would have to fight hard for.” Pressed on if they away fixtures could decide the title, Rough went on: ‘I do. I really do.”