"Celtic are a very good team"; Gerrard speaks about Neil Lennon's 'serial winners' ahead of derby

By John McGinley

December 27, 2020

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has praised Neil Lennon’s Celtic ahead of next week’s derby at Ibrox.

Celtic have rebounded well, so far, from a crisis of form this season.

Lennon’s Bhoys have now won the last five matches in all competitions, including a penalty victory to secure a phenomenal Quadruple Treble achievement.

It’s three from the last three in the league and, should Celtic beat Dundee United midweek, the players will be travelling to Ibrox with a bit of wind in their sails.

Gerrard has been speaking to his former England teammate Alan Shearer for The Athletic.

Naturally, the discussion turned to the current title race and next week’s clash.

The Rangers manager is under no illusions about the threat that Celtic still pose his side.

As quoted by The Athletic, Gerrard said: “It’s my job to try and keep the players grounded and humble and realise there’s still tons and tons of games to play. You know the game very well yourself and I’ve also had experience of this as a player. December is never a time to get carried away, whatever your lead is. There are no guarantees.

“Celtic are a very good team. Yes, they’ve had a rough patch of form, but you’re talking about a group that have serial winners amongst them, a manager with experience, so we know it’s certainly not a time to get ahead of ourselves. The focus for me is the next game and the next challenge.”

The Celtic task is enormous

No matter what anyone says, the Scottish Premiership title race isn’t over. Not yet.

Next week’s match is obviously pivotal but, sadly, Gerrard’s comments are pretty sensible here. There’s more focus at Ibrox this season than campaigns past, which will likely serve them well as we advance.

Celtic are an excellent side.

The Celtic huddle / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

That’s a major reason why there has been so much frustration for supporters this season. The performance levels have been way below what the team are capable of.

However, the Ibrox test could reframe everything. Win there, and the title task remains enormous. However, it also looks far more achievable with the games in hand we have.

It’s a huge fixture. The team must live up to their billing.

In other news, Celtic fans are desperate for Ismaila Soro to play against Rangers next week.