Mark Wilson says big squad will aid Celtic title run-in

Celtic defender Mark Wilson believes having a bigger squad could give his club the edge over Rangers in the league title race.

With both clubs facing fixture congestion before the league split, fatigue could be a deciding factor.

"We've got almost two players for every position, so we're pretty fortunate," said the full-back.

"I think we have a big enough squad to deal with it."

The postponement of Saturday's match against Inverness Caledonian Thistle presents a fixture headache for the SPL, with the only available slot before the league splits being Thursday 14 April.

Celtic will be playing league matches on Saturday 9 and Tuesday 12 April, with a Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden on Sunday 17 April.

However, Wilson is confident his side can overcome any scheduling problems but believes there are still surprises to come in the league campaign.

"We're strong enough mentally and physically to deal with a situation like that," he added.

"There's going to be slip-ups between now and the end of the season - from both teams.

"It's unusual, but it's something we have to deal with and I think we have a big enough squad to deal with it. We have good players and the fitness levels at the club are spot on.

"I think I would rather have a squad of our size than Rangers' size. I know they've been struggling. But they've got players coming back, so I'm sure their squad will be stronger in the coming weeks than it has been.

Wilson expects points to be dropped by both sides as they fight it out for the title, which he hopes won't go to a last day decider - since he's not sure he could bare the tension.

He also described the state of Hampden pitch as "shocking" for last month's League Cup final defeat to Rangers - and he hopes something is done to improve it before Scottish Cup semi-finals and final.

"I hope we can go on a good run that we don't lose games, but it's going to be very difficult with the amount of games - especially the situation with some pitches.

"The pitches haven't been great this season - and it's nothing to do with any club's fault. It's to do with the weather conditions.

"We found it very difficult at Motherwell - although, we didn't play well that day, so we didn't deserve anything - but it was a very difficult surface.

"Some surfaces change the gameplan.

"Rangers won the Co-operative Insurance Cup final, but I'm sure they felt the same as us - it was a shocking surface for a final, especially with the publicity we got from the previous game.

"There was always going to be a lot of eyes on the game from down south. It was our showpiece game and you would have thought the Hampden surface would have been better.

"No excuses about the result or the pitch though - but it would have been nice to play on a better surface because it's our national stadium and you don't often get to play there."