Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has admitted Celtic deserve huge credit for the way they’ve made European progress over the last couple of seasons, writing in his Daily Record column this weekend.
Neil Lennon and his team picked up a positive result away to Copenhagen on Thursday night, bringing a 1-1 scoreline back to the second leg at Celtic Park this week.
Now with a great chance of progressing to the last 16, Ferguson is apparently happy with the way the Hoops team have gone about their business, despite his Ibrox alliances.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said of the Hoops in Europe: “The positives far outweighed the negatives and Rangers have a real chance of progressing. As do Celtic, and both clubs deserve huge credit for what they’ve done in Europe over the past two seasons.
“Right now both have a real chance of making the last 16 of the Europa League. They are in the driving seat to get through.”
Ferguson though did make some strange comments in his column, suggesting a comparison could be made between new loan signing Ianis Hagi and Celtic icon Lubomir Moravcik.
Again, speaking to The Daily Record, he said: “There’s no doubt the guy [Hagi] is technically superb. I still don’t know his strongest foot. That tells you everything. He scored a brilliant goal with his left foot and then took the free kick with his right foot.
“The last guy I saw doing that was Lubo Moravcik at Celtic. So the ability is there but he has to show it at McDiarmid Park, at Fir Park, at Tynecastle, at Pittodrie. That’s what it really means being a Rangers player. Can you change? Can you do the dirty side when you need to?”
Comparing Hagi to the modern Hoops great seems incredibly silly, even in passing.
Hagi has played just a handful of games for the Ibrox side and it’s unfair to already put him up there with one of the most skilful players to have graced the Scottish game in the last 25 years.
Moravcik won five trophies with Celtic, including two titles, up against Ferguson and his old teammates. You’d think the former captain would know better than to put that kind of pressure on Hagi’s shoulders.
The youngster may have ability, but it’s far too premature to start comparing a loan signing to players like Lubo based on fleeting moments displaying his two-footedness!