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Celtic have cruised to title - but should have challenged for cups, says Andy Walker
Celtic will be crowned champions - but must mount a tilt at the treble next season, says Andy Walker.
Last Updated: 07/05/14 4:33pm
Following on from Kris Commons picking up the PFA Scotland Player of the Year Award, as well as the same accolade from the Football Writers, it's a reasonable time to take stock of Celtic's entire season.
As well as Commons, Celtic have also come to expect a consistent run of excellent form from, among others, Fraser Forster and Virgil Van Dijk and thoroughly deserve the title and all the recent individual awards.
My own view is that Neil Lennon's men also bring some much-needed credibility to our top league when they compete with Europe's elite in the Champions League.
But from my own experience of knowing what Celtic fans expect from their heroes, it's not enough.
Next week, Dundee Utd will take on St Johnstone in the William Hill Scottish Cup Final at Celtic Park and the majority of Celtic supporters would have loved the opportunity to secure another trophy in their own back yard.
Aberdeen put paid to that with a deserved 2-1 cup win at Celtic Park earlier in the competition.
Similarly, the first leg of a potential treble was inexplicably lost much earlier in the season when Morton stunned the whole of Scottish football with a 1-0 extra-time win, again at Celtic Park.
Given that the resources Celtic have at their disposal are vastly superior to anyone else in the Premiership, my own experience from large numbers of Celtic supporters is that they always expect more from their team.
A treble success is notoriously hard to come by at any time in Scotland but in the absence of Rangers the league title, normally the most difficult of the three successes to achieve, has become a given.
Celtic will secure this title with around 30 points to spare and are huge odds-on to retain the title probably by the same margin next season.
No one can come close to competing with Celtic's huge resources in the quality and number of players they can call upon over the course of a season.
So while Sunday will be all about the success and smiles from a title winning side, it's very realistic to assume the target for next season is to win all three domestic honours to underline to the supporters just how superior their club is at the moment.
I was at Tannadice on Tuesday night to see Dundee United lose out narrowly to Aberdeen in one of the most entertaining games of the season.
Despite spending very little money, United have assembled an exciting young side and if Jackie McNamara can add a touch of experience at the back and keep his energetic young team together for another season, I can see them challenging Aberdeen and Motherwell for second place.
Having already drawn 2-2 at this venue earlier in the season, United know they can play under pressure and perform on the big occasion.
It's the perfect game for them to have before heading back to Celtic Park next week for the chance of Scottish Cup glory.