Barry Ferguson refuses to accept Celtic title reality despite saying rivals needed win

By David Walton

April 4, 2022

Barry Ferguson has refused to accept the Celtic reality that faces Rangers after stating before Sunday that our rivals needed to win.

Several days ago, Ferguson was writing a pre-derby piece in the Daily Record. He was all up for the fighting talk as he stated that they truly needed a win to keep their title hopes alive. As he looked ahead to the clash, he said the following:

“The truth is, Rangers will win this one because they know they need to. Look, a draw is not the end of the world. They’d still be in there fighting for the title as far as the league table is concerned. But, in their own heads, they’ll know it’s not enough. With seven games to go, this is their chance to grab the momentum by the throat and they can only do that by taking all the points and by doing to Celtic exactly what Celtic did to them the last time out.”

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However, Rangers have gone from needing to win the game, or at the very least a draw, to apparently not needing anything. Because according to Ferguson, the race is still on apparently. He said the following in his latest Record piece published earlier today:

“Conceding Premiership titles just isn’t in my make-up. As a player I didn’t throw in the towel on anything and I’m exactly the same now so nothing changes. Six points behind with six games to play tells you Rangers are up against it…big time. I’d never give up on anything, it’ll be the same mindset within the squad at Ibrox despite the huge disappointment yesterday.

“I didn’t like teams needing to do any of my clubs a favour but that’s now where Rangers are. The hope is that Celtic now have a collapse and make sure Rangers collect their own points and beat them in the next derby. There is still the Scottish Cup so plenty to play for and it’s about rebooting and never giving in. It’s never over until it’s over.”

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Barry Ferguson said only a win would keep Rangers in the title race; struggling to face up to Celtic reality

You just knew some of the pro-Rangers pundits would be coming out of this after the game if we’d won. They were happy to go into it saying that it was a win or bust occasion. But apparently that isn’t the case given Ferguson still believes there’s a chance.

He stated several days ago that a point would at least keep them in the title-race, but even deep down he knew that wasn’t enough. Yet even despite the mammoth lead we have, he fails to stick to what he said a few days ago. Rangers have lost and yet they still have a chance.

The reality is that the game is more or less over for Rangers. Celtic are effectively 7 points clear with their massively superior goal difference. A win over St Johnstone on Saturday at Parkhead would effectively make it 7 clear with 5 remaining. That’s even if they can get the job done at St Mirren on Sunday.

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The reality of the situation then would be that Rangers need Celtic to slip up in as many as 3 of their final 5 post-split fixtures. 2 of them would need to be defeats. All the while they would need to win all 5.

Yes, Celtic have still to officially win the league. But if pundits are going to play the do or die card in the build-up to the game, you can’t swipe it off the table because you’ve come up short. Ferguson clearly believed the title race was over if Celtic got the points, yet it appears he can’t bring himself to admit what he’s effectively already said.

Credit to Celtic. They’ve done a total number on their rivals this season, and now the finishing line is well and truly in sight.

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