Former Celtic striker Charlie Nicholas has claimed Celtic are “streets ahead” of Rangers and insists that Neil Lennon’s side “get the job done domestically” despite only winning one of their last three domestic games.
Results at the weekend saw Celtic go ahead of Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership table by a single goal and Nicholas seems to have got the bunting out in anticipation of a title celebration as a consequence.
After drawing 1-1 at Tynecastle on Sunday, the Sky Sports comic relief insisted that it could be a “difficult season” for Rangers – bizarrely ignoring Celtic’s 1-1 draw at Easter Road a few weeks prior.
“On the evidence of Rangers’ display at Tynecastle on Sunday in the 1-1 draw with Hearts it could be a difficult season for them again,” Nicholas wrote in his Daily Express column, quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“It is small wonder that Gerrard isn’t convinced of the Light Blues’ title credentials just yet.
“Rangers had to make a statement in Edinburgh at the weekend but they spectacularly failed to do so.
“It is all good and well smashing five past Aberdeen and hitting the top spot but the challenge for Rangers was to stay there and they have relinquished top spot to Celtic in the first game back after the international break.
“When it comes to coping with a tough mental challenge Celtic are streets ahead of Rangers.
“The Hoops get the job done domestically…end of.
“They have a knack of winning ugly even when they are not playing well.”
Charlie was probably sitting there thinking of this for a while and it is utterly laughable that Celtic’s mental toughness seems to be “streets ahead” of Rangers after they lost to Livingston and drew with Hibs.
There is definitely some questions over Rangers’ ability to handle the pressure of going top of the table but the gap between the two sides is so slim you could barely fit a cigarette paper.
If being mentally tough is your £7million centre-back admitting he was “too nervous” to play the mighty Livingston then, maybe Nicholas is onto something.