Still a long way to go in the race

26 April 2011 10:50
The destination of the SPL title is still unclear with so many possibilities for both Celtic and Rangers to stumble. Scott Brown does not think the race for the SPL title has finished with the twists and turns. While Celtic still have a game in hand and are a point behind Rangers there are five games to go and anything can happen. Sunday's game only came to life in the second half, with Celtic missing the chance to overtake their old rivals when 'keeper Allan McGregor saved a Georgios Samaras penalty late in the game. Brown was reluctant to draw too many conclusions from the stalemate at Ibrox. The Parkhead captain said: "I think it is still wide open. There are a lot of games to play and it will be a hard run-in. I thought we played really well and stood up to everything Rangers threw at us. I think on the day we were probably the better team. But if you had asked anyone, we would have taken one point before the game, that's for sure."  The former Hibs midfielder admitted that the Glasgow derby is mentally more than physically draining. The Scotland midfielder said: "Seven games in one season (against Rangers) is definitely enough for anyone. It has been close to be fair. We have won three and been beaten twice so it's a close contest. The build-up is frightening as are the fans' execrations but at the end of the day it was an entertaining game."  There were no recriminations for Samaras who, once again, was preferred to Stokes for a game against Rangers. The Greek striker had scored from the spot at Ibrox in a 2-0 win at the start of the year but McGregor guessed right this time, diving to his left to push a well-struck penalty behind the post. Brown said: "Sometimes you miss penalties. It's part and parcel of the game and it was a great save by Allan. I'm sure (Samaras) will step up the next time and score."