by Alistair WATSON
GLASGOW:- Celtic defender Adam Matthews is aiming to increase his side’s lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership by going on an unbeaten run between now and the end of the season.
The Hoops moved three points clear in the race for the title after a 1-0 win over Partick Thistle on Wednesday.
The Glasgow giants have won their last six matches in the league as they look to claim their fourth championship in a row.
And Matthews, who was part of the side who only lost once in the league during their last campaign, wants to go on a similar run to give Celtic some breathing space at the top.
“It’s going to be tough, given the amount of games we play and the fact that everyone raises their game when they play us,” admitted Matthews.
“If we could do it from now until the end of the season that would be great but we know it will be difficult.
“Hopefully in the weeks to come we’ll keep building that gap and look to keep the good run going because we’re starting to show what we can do now.
“In the last few weeks we’ve shown what a good team we are. It was always going to take time but now we’re showing what we can do under manager Ronny Deila.”
Next up for Celtic is a trip to Fir Park to take on Motherwell on Saturday.
Celtic will be looking for revenge after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Motherwell back in September.
It was a rare point for the Steelmen who sit in tenth spot, just two points off the bottom.
The Fir Park side, still without a manager since Stuart McCall resigned in October, have lost six of their past seven matches but Matthews still expects a testing contest.
“It’s always tough when you go away to Motherwell,” the Welsh defender said.
“They’ve been a top side in the past couple of season and we know what to expect, so we’ll have to be at the top of our game if we want to take all three points.
“They’ll take confidence from the last time they played us but we’re a different team now.
“We’ve played more games than anyone else this season, so it is tough, but hopefully now we can concentrate on the league and create that gap we want.”
Elsewhere on Saturday, second place Inverness Caledonian Thistle will try to keep the pressure up on the Hoops by aiming for a win away to Dundee at Dens Park.
Partick Thistle take on a Kilmarnock side that, after a promising start to the season, have lost their previous four matches, Aberdeen host Hamilton at Pittodrie and St Mirren take on St Johnstone.