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Celtic not title favourites, insists Strachan

Celtic boss Gordon Strachan insists they're not favourites for the title after Rangers' stumble against Motherwell on Saturday.

Strachan told BBC Radio 5: "I haven't got a clue if we are favourites or not. Since I've been back in Scotland I've never picked up a paper, never watched any sports shows so I just roll up, play the games and go home."

"There are all sorts of scenarios," he said of the run-in. "Several weeks ago, I was dead and buried, so I was told, but my objective was always to take it to the last game, which was the best we could offer at that stage and now we've managed to do that."

When asked if he was sympathetic to Rangers' situation, he replied: "Sympathy? Not really because I've been in similar situations myself. "I would love to have been in Rangers' position where they had the chance to go for a quadruple."

Strachan was asked whether successful clubs in Europe should get more help in rescheduling matches or extending the season.

"I don't know what other leagues around the world are doing, it's not for me to say," he said. "But when I was with Manchester United and Aberdeen and we were winning in Europe we never even thought about that.

"We just continued to play the games and I think Manchester United are the same now.

"I can assure you, the players who are playing and winning things now and the managers and the coaches of the successful clubs are loving every minute of it, that's for sure.

"In years gone by, when Celtic were winning things and playing a lot of games, I don't think they asked for any help."

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