Rangers and Celtic both put in sensational performances in their respective games. Did the results therefore signal a return to normality?
Without trying to be disrespectful to the league, Rangers and Celtic are the two biggest clubs in it. Forever, arguments will be had between the pair about who Scotland’s top club is, and the rivalry will never be over. Celtic don’t like referring to the pair as the Old Firm, but that’s eactly what they are, and they’ve both been dominating the game up here for years.
Yet, both clubs haven’t been what they once were since the start of the season. Steven Gerrard has made huge strides at Rangers, but there’s still a bit to go before he can reach that level of a Walter Smith’s Rangers or Alex McLeish”s.
Rangers haven’t shown great away form this season, and it’s cost them some silly points. Gers teams of the past would be a fearful proposition at any venue, and Gerrard still has to get that back. Despite an impressive start to his reign, this projet is still in its infancy.
Meanwhile, across the city, Celtic have been poor all season. Knocked out of the Champions League and struggling to replicate their form of recent seasons, Brendan Rodgers has struggled.
They also seemed to click into gear with a 6-0 dismantling of St Johnstone whilst Rangers were giving the league leaders, Hearts, a doing.
A reminiscing moment
It was reminiscent of the days when the two clubs would be going neck and neck for the title. The pair both had tricky games on paper, yet both were convincing winners. With both also playing at the same time, it had a very old-fashioned feel to it.
This is something that should delight Rangers fans and not so much Celtic. Elements of the Parkhead support still have delusional ideas about going unchallenged for the title this season. Rangers look like making sure that’s not going to be the case, provided the away form is sorted out.
Both sides put in terrific performances at the weekend, and it’s a long time since anyone has been able to say that. Rangers continue to blow teams away at Ibrox, regardless of who they are. Hearts was supposed to be a real test of Rangers’ character and strength. They passed it convincingly.
With Celtic also blowing St Johnstone away, are we truly returning to the days of yesteryear? Will the Old Firm soon be back fighting amongst themselves for the title, smashing everyone in their paths?
It’s a huge stretch to go that far. After all, Rangers and Celtic have both suffered two defeats each this season. Regardless, the signs last weekend were positive for both, and it may not be too long before there’s a title-chase between the pair of them once more.