CRAIG GORDON insists Celtic will be well prepared for their toughest title fight since he joined the club four years ago.
The 35-year-old Scotland international keeper believes at least FOUR teams will do their best to derail the Hoops’ bid to win eight titles in succession.
Gordon helped the club to their seventh shut-out in eight games when they beat Aberdeen 1-0 at Parkhead on Saturday with a goal from Scott Sinclair.
However, Brendan Rodgers’ team are still six points adrift of Hearts who have won seven – including a 1-0 victory over the champions – and drawn one of their eight games so far.
The ex-Tynecastle No.1 said: “We are certainly in a fight and we need to make sure we battle for every point.
“I don’t think we can look solely at Hearts as there are a few other teams as well. Aberdeen, Hibs and Rangers are also capable of stringing wins together and getting points on the board.
“There is a long way to go and a lot of difficult games. So far it would suggest the league is going to be more competitive.
“It is going to get tough for everybody over the winter months and it is who comes out of that period the strongest.
“We are happy with how we are defending and getting the wins. We are in there fighting and getting the victories even if they are only 1-0.
“I’m sure we’ll start adding more goals, but we will enjoy the one-nils while they keep coming along. The 1-0 wins still mean three points, so we will take them.”
Speaking of his former Edinburgh outfit, Gordon added: “They have given themselves a good start and you can’t ask for much more. They are looking very strong although there is still over 30 games to go in the league.
“It is early days, but they have started well. However, we have to concentrate on ourselves. We need to string results and wins together.”
Hearts remained top after their 2-1 triumph over St Johnstone and Hibs, too, picked up three points with their hard-fought 1-0 success over St Mirren in Paisley.
However, there was a major setback for Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit as they collapsed to a 1-0 defeat at Livingston who netted through Dolly Menga in the first-half.
The Light Blues have yet to win away from home in the Premiership in this campaign and are sixth in the table on 11 points, two adrift of the Parkhead men.