Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes believes there is no title race despite his side being one of the favourites to lift the Ladbrokes Premiership trophy this term.
The gaffer believes the reality of a title race will only be made known in March if his side still maintains a top 3 position towards March and April.
McInnes told Evening Times:
“I don’t think there is a title race. I’m not sure anyone can say that, even if we would all want that. After 21 games it shows there is real credibility at the moment, but it falls short of a real title race.
“If we get to March and April and there’s still congestion at the top, then you could say with certainty that there is a title race on then. It’s easy to have a good couple of months in this league. But there have been enough good teams over 21 games which is why it’s right. It is exciting.
“I think Celtic are the most likely to stretch away but every team is finding it difficult to get away and get those winning runs going.
“Where we are is where we normally tend to be in terms of our points tally. We are better than some years, maybe a bit behind compared to others. It’s that Celtic have came back to us but that’s not to say Celtic have deteriorated; it’s more other teams are making it difficult.”