The match tonight between Celtic and St Mirren is obviously important to win regardless of what happens elsewhere, but there’s been a new wrinkle this afternoon with the authorities in the north of Scotland checking to see if the game between Dundee and the club from Ibrox can go ahead as storms continue to lash that part of the country.
Dundee are confident that it will. At the moment. But looking out the window, even here in Glasgow, I think there’s a very good chance that it won’t.
If that game is called off they will have a slight advantage going into the Hearts game at the weekend. A slight one. A few days extra rest for weary legs and dodging a tricky away tie. I can understand why some of their supporters might welcome that.
But it’s dangerous for them just the same; this will be the second league game they’ve needed to reschedule for some as yet unspecified date. So our game tonight could enable us to go eight clear.
At the weekend, as they are playing in the cup whilst we’re in the league at Ross County, we might be able to go eleven clear … a huge psychological advantage.
Think on it this way; if we were that far behind, watching that teams of theirs, going into that tricky run of away games, how confident would we be of clawing that deficit back? At this point in the campaign, every single element comes in to play and this is one that hands us an advantage which simply could not be passed up.
So, I hope for their fixture to be called off tonight.
I hope it happens, because the opportunity to move 11 ahead of them and put the pressure on them to catch up is too good to want to sacrifice just to see Hearts with an extra 1% chance of winning at Hampden, which Naismith seems to be incapable of masterminding no matter what hand fate deals him.
I simply don’t believe that they will cope with that kind of pressure. I think they’d fold the hand after the first dropped points, and wind up in freefall.
So stay tuned for that one and keep your fingers crossed.
This, tonight, could be big and the most important development might not even happen on the pitch.