Celtic captain Scott Brown's brilliant Rangers derby assertion

By John McGinley

May 27, 2020

Celtic captain Scott Brown believes the club would have extended the gap over Rangers in the Scottish Premiership had games continued beyond March, speaking to official club outlet Celtic TV.

There’s been a bit of chatter since Celtic were officially crowned champions that our ninth successive title is less valid because the season was truncated from 38 matches to 30.

Pundits such as former Ibrox professional Gareth McAuley have called the triumph ‘hollow and tainted’, as reported by talkSPORT.

Brown though is adamant that had play continued and the scheduled derby went ahead, Celtic would have beaten Steven Gerrard’s side at Ibrox and extended the 13-point gap rather than seen it reduced.

As quoted by CelticFC.net, he said on Wednesday: “We were actually getting better and better as the season went on, and we wanted to extend our lead at the top.

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“It was hard that the Friday before the Glasgow derby that the game was cancelled, because we were in a great position. If we’d have won that, we’d have gone 16 points clear and we believe we’d have done that.

“We had Aberdeen in the semi-final, we were in great form, and it’s just a shame that we couldn’t have managed to squeeze that in as well.

“It is what it is, to be honest. We’ve had a great season, the fans have been phenomenal, they’ve backed us all the way, and this one is for them as well.”

It should be remembered that Celtic had already gone to Ibrox during the 2019/20 campaign and bested Rangers in their own backyard thanks to goals from Odsonne Edouard and Jonny Hayes.

There’s no reason to doubt that it would have played out exactly as Brown describes.

Odsonne Edouard scores for Celtic against Rangers / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The team may have faltered in December but were on an absolute tear heading into the cancelled March encounter, winning nine of the ten league matches after the winter break, in start contrast to the second-placed team.

This desperate talk that our rivals may have been able to catch us at the top of the table is absurd and Brown’s brilliant comments are a reminder of that.

No-one can take this league win away from us.