As the Green Brigade unveil a banner demanding the sacking of Celtic manager Neil Lennon, Rangers fans have been watching on in quiet laughter.

The Rangers support have had their fingers burnt too many times by overindulging in the fire of a momentum swing from Parkhead to Ibrox even if this time certainly feels different.

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Celtic boss Neil Lennon is experiencing considerably different fortunes to his Rangers counterpart Steven Gerrard. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers might have an 11-point lead but there will no Ibrox fans counting their chickens before that 55th league title comes home to roost.

Nonetheless, the meltdown from across the city has been nothing short of remarkable.

Between that banner, fan calls for Lennon to step down and a planned protest in the Celtic Park car park, the pressure is at boiling point in the eastend.

But much of that – it cannot be argued with – is down to Rangers’ steamrolling form and the subsequent panic and fear it is causing our rivals.

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For the best part of this decade, it has been Celtic who have dominated all before them, flexing their financial muscle to win nine titles in a row, albeit a few adorned with an asterisk.

Our Old Firm rivals have also won the last eleven trophies in a row and will make it twelve at Hampden next month if they can beat Hearts and complete an unprecedented quadruple treble.

Given everything that we’ve been through as a support over the last decade – from Brechin’s hedge to Ramsdens Cup failure against Raith Rovers – their success is in startling contrast.


This reaction to their off-kilter season is evidence that had they to endure what we have over the last nine seasons there would be little but the smouldering embers of a Celtic left.

Had they to go where we have gone, apathy would’ve set in long before they got the chance to challenge the reverse.

Many Celtic fans are behaving like spoiled brats – despite the gap effectively being five points if they win their games in hand – because they are terrified of Rangers.

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Rangers’ trip to Celtic last month was a walk in the Park – and Celtic fans clearly don’t have confidence that their side can stop that happening again under Neil Lennon. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Yes “10IAR” is their Holy Grail – and they’re certainly not out of the reckoning yet – but with three games to play against us this extreme reaction shows that they have little confidence they can beat us when it matters.

In many Celtic fans’ heads, we are on the verge of overtaking them and it is absolutely destroying them.

It’s not just on the pitch either; with Gerrard at the helm and the right investment behind the scenes Rangers as a brand have catapulted themselves into the modern era – the handicap of the last few years building pressure in the slingshot – and are hot on their rival’s tail.

We’re an exciting project, one which is a breath of fresh air and one which really does have the foundations of something special if we can yank that 55th title from our rival’s grasp.

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Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side are playing well but Celtic fans are jumping the gun if they think we believe the league title race is done in November. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

This extreme reaction is borne of Celtic fans who genuinely believed that Rangers would forever be in their shadow, with the Rangers support destined for a lifetime of misery as the second-place side.

That petted lip, the quivering anger, the refusal to accept that we’re a very good side in the making – our form has them petrified that it might actually turn out to be the other way around.

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