Brian Laudrup crushes myth about Celtic title race capability; cocky rival fans won't be happy

By John McGinley

October 5, 2021

Rangers icon Brian Laudrup thinks his old club are finding out any title race with Celtic this season isn’t going to be easy.

Rival supporters and pundits crowed all summer about how this season’s Scottish Premiership would be a procession for the Ibrox club given their supposed strength in comparison to Celtic.

Yes, the Bhoys are currently six points behind the league leaders, but Rangers haven’t been very impressive to date.

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Laudrup summed it up in his Scottish Daily Mail [05/10 print edition, page 81] column today, saying: “I think a lot of people thought this season was going to be easy for Rangers. People were talking about Celtic not being able to push them for the title and that the Ibrox side would be crowned champions halfway through the campaign.

“But Steven Gerrard’s side have definitely not started as well as those people expected. It has been a tough opening to the campaign.

“There have been issues with injuries and Covid, meaning Gerrard has not been able to field his best team or get some normality into his first XI. Raised expectations, as well as being the chased rather than the chasers, have also made it difficult.”

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Celtic were always likely to get off to a slow start this season considering the size of the job Ange Postecoglou had over the summer.

He’s had to replace almost a full team while navigating the usual injury and covid issues that are also facing rivals like Rangers.

Considering they’ve already won a derby, being six points behind at this point isn’t a major disaster that can’t be rectified in the coming weeks and months.

I’m certainly not saying Celtic are favourites to lift the title. But when you look at the football Rangers are playing, I’m not sure they’re runaway favourites either.

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I reckon those cocky fans expecting Rangers to streak away will be left unhappy. Celtic are only going to get better from here.

This one is going to go to the wire and could even include a third horse in the race for the first time in years if the initial eight games are anything to go by.

Interesting times ahead.

In other news, Jota explains what’s “amazing” about the massive difference between Benfica and Celtic.