Former Rangers chairman Dave King has rubbed salt into Celtic wounds with his latest comments as the Gers canter towards the Premiership title [Glasgow Times].
Despite a slip-up at Hamilton on Sunday, Rangers are 21 points clear at the top of the league table, with Celtic only holding two games in hand.
It’s a remarkable turnaround from last season when Celtic were 13 points ahead, having played a game more, by the time the league was halted in March.
In 2018, King prophetically stated that the Hoops would crumble if Rangers could put them under pressure for a substantial period of time [Sky Sports] and he’s blamed a failure to fully capitalise on the Gers’ four-year absence from the top-flight for the Parkhead club’s current struggles.
“Looking at the performance of Celtic in their build-up to nine in a row I don’t think they were taking full advantage of the extra resources they had at that time,” he said [Glasgow Times]. “They had no real competition. Aberdeen ran them close a couple of seasons but with Celtic’s resources even that shouldn’t have happened.”
“I just felt if we could have real go at them and get in their faces then they would fold like a pack of cards. We just had to get in there and start competing with them.
“They’d had it too easy. They were in a league of their own effectively for nearly six seasons because of the absence of Rangers. I Iooked at their European performances and foreign teams weren’t giving them the respect they got in Scotland so I felt if we could get in their faces they would struggle.”
Rangers still have some work to do to get over the line and when they do, the board, the coaching staff and the players will deserve massive credit.
Steven Gerrard has been backed since his appointment in the summer of 2018 and while there have been lows along the way, the club’s decade-long major trophy drought is on the verge of ending.
The Gers have been outstanding across the current campaign and still have a chance of going the full season unbeaten.
However, Celtic have been shambolic on the pitch in recent times and their complacency over a longer period has undoubtedly contributed to Rangers’ pending success.
Allan McGregor has been a key part of Rangers’ league form and a remarkable stat has emerged that shows the extent of his superiority over his opposite number at Celtic.