Celtic figure's controversial Covid comments a slap in the face to Rangers amid form
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Celtic boss gets excuses in early with Covid comments amid Rangers form

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has suggested the Parkhead club haven’t dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic as well as other clubs with Rangers 13 points in front in the Scottish Premiership.

The Ibrox side have cut a much more professional and determined unit than their Celtic Park rivals so far, starting the season on blistering form, going unbeaten in 27 and earning a spot in the last 32 of the Europa League.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon pointed to Covid-19 being a factor in his teams rotten run of form. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In contrast, Celtic have been knocked out of Europe twice, are out of the Betfred Cup and are one or two bad results away from crashing out of the title race.

It’s resulted in a few weeks of heavy protest at Parkhead but Lennon pointed to the Covid-19 pandemic as one of the reasons why his team is underperforming.

“My record speaks for itself when it comes to winning championships,” said Lennon, at Celtic’s AGM for 2020 [Glasgow Live].

“I‘ve won 10 as a a player and manager.

“I’ve been a Celtic fan all my life, this means more than me to than anything other than my family.

“We need to transmit our hunger onto the pitch.

“This is all new, I’ve never managed through a pandemic, I don’t think we’ve had a lot of luck with injuries and Covid.

“Other clubs have dealt with it a little bit better.”

This sounds like an excuse as Celtic come to terms with Rangers’ form this season and is in stark contrast to the sounds coming out of Ibrox.

Rangers have faced the challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic head-on and instead of using it as an excuse have thrived in their own bio-secure bubble.

There’s a long way to go and we expect Celtic to turn their form around eventually – but if Rangers are to win this title it’ll be down to Rangers, and not Covid-19.

This is in stark contrast to Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, who has generated a culture of no excuses at Ibrox. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Any suggestion otherwise is a slap in the face to Rangers and their form so far this season.

Rangers captain James Tavernier has rejected the notion that the pandemic has had the opposite effect on the Gers as Lennon claims it has Celtic this season.

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