Not even Kris Ajer levels of delusion can take away from the fact Rangers secured 55 last season whilst Celtic waved goodbye to Terry Munro once and for all.
The Parkhead club’s Holy Grail fell by the wayside as Rangers went the domestic league season unbeaten and relentlessly dominated their Old Firm rivals, also going unbeaten against them in all competitions.
Not only that, but the Gers finished 25 points clear in Celtic’s season of seasons and thoroughly embarrassed a team of apparent world-beaters who could barely get out of a European group stage.
Amongst them was the admittedly talented no-look pass extraordinaire Kris Ajer who – in his haste to exit Parkhead – appears to have forgotten just how obliterated Celtic got last season.
Moving to Brentford for a reported £13.5m in the summer [Daily Mail], it was no secret that the Norwegian wanted out of Parkhead.
But get a load of these comments from the 21-year-old centre-half, who claims that he was never challenged in Scotland despite being humiliatingly ripped apart last season.
“I think it is natural [to develop bad habits] when you play a little too many matches at a level that is not high enough,” said Ajer [VG]
“I have incredible respect for the Scottish league, there are many great teams there, but there were a little too many matches where I was not challenged enough.
“I will definitely be in the Premier League, so I probably think it is not possible to complain about Premier League.”
It’s fair enough – the Premier League is certainly a higher standard than the Scottish Premiership – but there’s more than a hint of arrogance surrounding the comments.
Ajer – for all his ball-carrying abilities – is not without some immense flaws and he was routinely exploited by Rangers last season.
Not only that, but the Norwegian was the main centre-back in a defence which shipped an unholy number of set-piece goals.
Rangers fans have been quick to shoot the big defender down and remind him just how challenging Ajer and his teammates found last season in Scotland:
Coming from a guy who just lost the league by 23 points and celebrated a no look pass after having already lost the league. https://t.co/s9dYYY4HyH
— Holsty 🇬🇧 (@Holsty1872) September 8, 2021
This is the same man who once completed a no look pass in one defeat to rangers he was 3-1 down in at the time https://t.co/i1oLj0Wdyn
— Declanni Van Bronckhorst 🇳🇱🏴 (@Dec_1872) September 8, 2021
Rangers finished 25 points above him last year. https://t.co/qO6VVBnU2e
— LH72 (@LH1872) September 8, 2021
— Alex (@alegil2101) September 8, 2021
The same guy that done a no look pass when his team were down 3-1 to their biggest rivals which went on too finish 4-1😂😂😂 https://t.co/wsM8JrijLK
— Craig Taylor (@craigtaylor_72) September 8, 2021
This is the same guy who ducked out the way off the Morelos goal at Ibrox and done a no look pass in a game when it finished 4-1 to us…… same season we went unbeaten in the league 🤡🤡 https://t.co/pcHZvSv64W
— G.D (@heisenb46464841) September 8, 2021
— Gav (@afgavinstan) September 9, 2021
What about last season when your team were going for 10 in a row and ended up 20 odd points behind the league winners. We’re you challenged enough then? https://t.co/IwC9ptFRVk
— stranGER (@thestranGER1872) September 9, 2021
— Scotty (@ScttC72) September 8, 2021
The cheek of him btw 😂😂😂 https://t.co/ziRjrM14lX
— L 🤍 (@Ljt10x) September 8, 2021
So easy and unchallenging that he pulled a world-class no-look pass when his team were getting gubbed 😂 https://t.co/LmLb2i7isC
— Mega Mike (@MH_MegaMike) September 8, 2021
NoT cHaLlEnGeD eNoUgH pic.twitter.com/piqI6mjZCl
— Big G 🇬🇧 (@RFCGW) September 8, 2021
Coming from the guy who celebrated a sliding challenge. 🤣
— 🏆🇬🇧Duke Of Opps🇬🇧🏆 (@Passenger__57) September 8, 2021
Whilst Ajer’s comments have certainly stoked a reaction, Rangers fans might want to keep one eye on his progress in the Premier League.
After all, his success could help back up Rangers’ stubborn transfer stance as the club holds firm when it comes to selling their biggest assets.