Rangers fans have been left stunned after former Celtic coach John Collins suggested that the only difference between the Old Firm last season was that the Gers had a better goalkeeper.
Rangers romped to the Premiership title, going unbeaten and racking up a whopping 102 points, taking ten of a possible 12 from Old Firms.
The Gers scored 14 more goals and conceded less than half as many as their rivals, playing a superb brand of football that combined attacking flair with defensive solidity.
Meanwhile, Celtic struggled in all areas, with a relative lack of firepower, defensive issues, poor tactics and individual errors all combining to see them drop points on 16 occasions.
However, speaking on BBC Sportsound after Celtic’s Champions League qualifying draw with FC Midtjylland earlier this week, Collins rewrote history somewhat.
After keeper Vasilis Barkas made an error for the Danes’ goal, the former Hoops player and coach suggested that the 2020/21 title was won and lost in that area.
“Celtic dominate games week in week out and the keeper has to make, maybe, maximum two saves,” he said. “But you’ve got to make those saves and that’s what won Rangers the league.”
“Big saves against Celtic, in the big matches. Their goalkeeper’s saves probably won them the league. You switch goalkeepers last season and Celtic might have won the league.”
With the Hoops finishing a full 25 points behind the Gers, that last comment is particularly incredible and Bears hit back on social media.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
Twitter: That Ange is getting roasted for the rest the night for that three points gaffe.
John Collins: “Hold my protein shake.” pic.twitter.com/Vzpwhb068K
— Ted (@NewcoTed) July 20, 2021
That can’t be real?? 😂😂😂
— John Webster 🏴 (@johnauldwebster) July 20, 2021
25 points for 3 saves, aye nae bother.
— 55 (@sergiobamos) July 21, 2021
Change goalie and they would have won the league 😭😭😭😭😭😭
— 🇫🇮 King Kamara 🇫🇮 (@King_Kamara18) July 20, 2021
🤣🤣🤣 no way did he say that
— TeddyJan 💙 (@TeddyJan) July 21, 2021
Oh my word 😂😂 https://t.co/lwES0i77r9
— 𝕯𝖆𝖓𝖎𝖊𝖑 (@DannyDunsmore) July 21, 2021
😂😂😂😂😂 Surely hes at the wind up man theres no way https://t.co/htWCQvzIqA
— David Young (@Youngyy97) July 21, 2021
Reckon we would’ve won the league without a Keeper https://t.co/xQuGPZVk8j
— Cammy🇬🇧 (@CameronMcEwan19) July 20, 2021
Yikes what a take that is. https://t.co/oSVXaBAXbL
— Rangers Bantz (@RangersBanter17) July 20, 2021