Deeparting Celtic captain Scott Brown made a nonsense ‘proper invincibles’ dig at celebrating Rangers stars yesterday as he signed off a failure at Parkhead – but the bitter soon-to-be Aberdeen star’s pathetic dig conveniently ignores Celtic’s humiliation at the hands of European giants Lincoln Red Imps.
After seeing his side finish their push for a tenth* title in a row end with a whimper – with the Celtic side appropriately dressed in black for the occasion – Brown took the chance to have one last pop at Rangers before his semi-retirement to irrelevance at Pittodrie with the claim Celtic were ‘proper invincibles’ during their treble-winning 2016/7 campaign.
While Rangers didn’t sweep the board domestically, they did go 38 games unbeaten in the league, including four against the self-professed best team in the universe, to mark their place in history as one of only four Scottish sides to have gone a top-flight season unbeaten.
That, by anyone’s marker, earns them the invincible tag, just like it did with Celtic when they went the league season unbeaten and just like other clubs, including Arsenal, who have gone the league season without suffering a single defeat.
Given the hubris that has come from Celtic Park in their pursuit of Terry Munro, to have lost in in such a manner this season as Rangers were simply too good for anyone to get close to clearly stings Brown and his Parkhead team-mates.
Years of talking about ‘The Ten’ as if it was a foregone conclusion has come back to bite them in the most entertaining way possible and all that they are left with is clinging to any sort of scrap which they think diminishes the Gers’ absolute dominance of the league.
Yes, Rangers failed to win both domestic cups this season and seal a treble some fans started to feel was destined to be delivered to Ibrox this season but they have, unquestionably, written their name into the history books as invincibles.
Brown and the Celtic support may want to cling to any sliver of hope they may have left that this ‘isn’t even a good Rangers team’ but the reality is simple. Not only did Rangers win their 55th title this season to stop Celtic winning 10* in a row – they did so without anyone as much as landing a glove on the Gers.
Nobody has ever claimed Arsene Wenger’s side aren’t ‘proper’ invincibles because they didn’t win the Community Shield, League Cup or FA Cup (losing in all three) and it is fantastic to see Brown leaving Celtic with his tail between his legs and pandering to the masses one last time after playing a massive role in throwing away Celtic’s holy grail.
If he wants to think losing to St. Mirren and St. Johnstone stopped Rangers being invincibles this season, he might want to cast his mind back to the summer of 2016 and what happened in a place called Gibraltar.