As both Rangers and Celtic crash out of the Champions League and Europe altogether, spare us the ‘we lost better than you’ schtick coming out of the Eastend.

Celtic were just drubbed 5-1 by Real Madrid but drubbed nobley of course, whilst at the same time Franco’s army was savagely picking on them outside the stadium too. They’re always the moral winners.

And that desperation to paint Celtic’s flailing campaign – in a group which was objectively much easier than ours – as some kind of Scottish footballing triumph is a Champions League embarrassment.

Celtic crash out of the competition without a single victory but having earned two points from the double header against Shakthar Donestk, yes the same Shakthar Donestk who come from a war zone.

But Celtic never disgraced themselves we’re told, they were heroic whilst getting pumped by Real Madrid and RB Leipzig, Ange is building them into a European force.

What a load of nonsense. The Celtic support might not like it but their team are European also-rans and not European heavyweights, with the Parkhead side serial underperformers at this level.

They have failed to win a knockout European tie since 2004.

Rangers and Celtic in embarrassing Champions League campaign

Across the city, Rangers most certainly didn’t cover themselves in glory either.

Our team were outfought, outran and outgunned by vastly superior opposition with Giovanni van Bronckhorst in the firing line as a result.

The Champions League campaign has been a soul-sucking endeavour for Rangers – who have still contributed the most coefficient points in an abysmal season for Scottish football clubs in Europe – and has perhaps bled into the club’s domestic form.

Not helped by injury, taking on Napoli, Ajax and Liverpool with a threadbare side led to some confidence-sapping defeats with this Rangers team technically the competition’s worst-ever performing side.

This has been smugly jumped upon by the likes of Celtic rent-a-gub Chris Sutton [Daily Record], who is amongst several with green-tinted glasses using our abysmal campaign as some kind of cushion for their situation.

Rangers FC v AFC Ajax: Group A - UEFA Champions League
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The reality is that Celtic were pumped out bottom of their group without a victory and that for all their swashbuckling, attacking praise, there are still serious deficiencies in their side.

They’d have been mutilated in our group whilst Rangers would be in the running for 3rd in their’s.

Far from highlight the differences between both sides, the woeful Champions League performance of both clubs does quite the opposite.

Postecoglou’s Celtic aren’t the world beaters plenty would have you believe and if Rangers can get their act together and get to the World Cup break within touching distance, it’s game on for this title.

Meanwhile, Rangers fans have been let down after an approx £8.25m investment into the club.

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