Barry Ferguson sounds frightened by what he's seeing from Celtic

By John McGinley

October 29, 2021

Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has admitted that Celtic are getting better and better as the season progresses.

Celtic had a slow start to the campaign in the midst of a massive summer rebuild. Ange Postecoglou arrived at the club and essentially had to put a whole new team together on the fly.

Once players were in the door, an injury crisis struck, hampering form and raising serious questions about our ambitions this season.

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However, Celtic have now won five consecutive matches in all competitions and sit just two points adrift of Rangers at the top of the table.

With a chance to snatch first tomorrow against Livingston before Steven Gerrard’s team play on Sunday, Ferguson sounds worried about what he is seeing.

Speaking on The Go Radio Football Show, he said: “There’s no doubt in my mind that Celtic are onto something now, they are hitting a bit of form. I thought in the first half they could have scored five or six, every time they would go forward they looked like scoring.

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“Over the last three or four weeks they have been to some difficult places, probably three of the hardest places to get wins. They are in a good bit of form just now and that’s why Rangers need to get a level of consistency, Celtic are breathing down their necks.

“They are getting players back, the only two that are missing are Christopher Jullien and James Forrest, and they aren’t too far away. They have got a strong squad, that’s what you want as a manager, competition for places.

“Even last season, Celtic looked like scoring goals, it was defensively for me where they looked vulnerable. It does look like they are getting better game by game.”

I’d hazard a guess this reflects much of the anxiety amongst the Rangers supporters base at the moment. There’s a growing recognition that they aren’t going to reach the heights of last year and that Celtic aren’t going to be as bad either.

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It’s still far, far too soon to be making any credible predictions about who will win the league title, but I do think we are a lot closer to them than they imagined. Ferguson’s comments go some way towards proving that.

Celtic need to stay focused on themselves. But that’s exactly what they’re doing at the moment. Every comment coming from the dressing room or dugout is about improvement, not trophies.

Another three points tomorrow please!

In other news, Ange Postecoglou has found a silver lining to today’s Celtic injury blow.