It’s clear Celtic haven’t been as good this term as they were last year.
They’ve had injury issues, and these have contributed to an occasional shakiness in defence, among other things.
But with the quality they’ve got and financial resources, they’ve been able to deal with it and there’s no question they are the best team in Scotland – as their title win yesterday confirmed.
If Brendan Rodgers’ side manage to complete the double treble with a win over Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final on May 19 it will be a remarkable, historic achievement and simply confirm how untouchable the Hoops are at the moment.
For anyone to overtake the Celts, it’s going to take a huge change in fortunes.
If Aberdeen, Hearts, Hibs or even Rangers are going to catch them, it’ll take a significant change in the financial situation at all of those clubs, as well as personnel and other factors.
It’s possible to compete with them for short spells, but over the course of a whole season takes something more.
I can’t see it happening in the next wee while.
Celtic have built up this war chest, constantly making millions to put into the playing squad.
They are well run in this respect and it’s unlikely they’ll suddenly fall away.
Just look at the expectation levels at Celtic Park compared to other clubs – there will still be those who treat the Hoops’ second domestic clean sweep with an element of “but they could have done more in Europe”.
It’s a different world.
Even if Rangers go all out next season to try to get closer to them, I can only see them using their financial clout, improving and bettering all of those around them again next time.