Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has tried to take some of the shine off Rangers’ dominant Old Firm win yesterday by claiming it was a “meaningless” game – but the pundit knows as well as anyone that there’s no such thing when it comes to the Old Firm.

Sutton first made the claim on BT Sport when asked to appraise Steven Gerrard’s debut season, before doubling down in his Daily Record column.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 12: Neil Lennon, manager of Celtic, looks on from the dugout during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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After seeing Celtic so comprehensively beaten, it’s a not a surprise that Sutton is trying to deflect attention away from yesterday’s defeat but he’s also handily ignoring the evidence from the previous two games.

At Celtic Park last month and at Ibrox in December, Rangers were the better team for the majority of the game and put Celtic on the back foot.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 02: Pundit and ex-Celtic player Chris Sutton looks on prior to the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Both Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon have looked bereft of answers when it comes to dealing with Gerrard’s side – even if yesterday’s game ‘only’ had bragging rights at stake.

As someone who played in more than his fair share of Old Firm games, Sutton knows exactly how it feels to walk into work the day after beating your old rivals.

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Whether it’s for the Champions League or the Glasgow Cup, Old Firm games always matter to Rangers and Celtic fans.

26th Nov 2000: Tore Andre Flo of Rangers walks past a dejected Chris Sutton of Celtic and former Chelsea team mate during the Rangers v Celtic game at Ibrox, Glasgow. Mandatory Credit:

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Had Celtic won yesterday, you can bet your last that he would have been giving it big licks about how Lennon showed his class or Scott Brown proved he’s still the best midfielder in the country.

Since they didn’t and will now have to wait months for the chance at revenge, Sutton is just coming across like a bitter Celtic fan.

If he really does think yesterday’s Old Firm clash was meaningless then he just needs to take a look at the dejection across Neil Lennon’s face at full-time.

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