Rangers’ title-chances have, once again, been the subject of conversation. Today, however, we found out that they likely aren’t that great.
For many Celtic fans, we’ve had to hear all about our title rivals’ revamp. They’ve made a host of new signings, and apparently this was going to help energise a fresh title-challenge.
But after their 2-1 win at Rugby Park this afternoon, many journalists will be sweating after getting giddy and predicting Rangers for the title.
Meanwhile, for many Celtic fans, today was our first sight at what Rangers had to offer. Many simply don’t watch our rivals, and that’s fair enough. But there are plenty in our support that do. And if today was Steven Gerrard’s grand unveiling, we once again don’t have much to worry about.
Celtic should be sitting two points clear of their rivals already. But a big slice of luck has helped Rangers keep tabs on us early doors. They didn’t play with any form of increased zip or tempo.
The new signings such as Joe Aribo and Sheyi Ojo failed to impress too. They may have been praised in pre-season, but Rangers are now up against football teams, not doctors and farmers who play football as a hobby.
It’s advantage Celtic after matchday one
We may not have a points gap over our rivals after day one, but we certainly have the mental advantage.
Celtic absolutely swept aside St Johnstone in stunning fashion. Saints were never going to pose much threat, but it was the movement and speed of Celtic’s play in the final third that excited many.
The performances of Ryan Christie, Mikey Johnstone, and Callum McGregor were enough to get excited about alone. But then there were also positive displays from the likes of Boli Bolingoli, Hatem Abd Elhamed, and Nir Bitton once again.
Celtic have proven this weekend that the title is once again ours to lose. If Rangers are to pose a greater threat, it will only be because we slip up even more frequently than we did last season. There’s absolutely nothing to suggest that Rangers will pose a bigger challenge this season.
Sure, a l0t of Rangers’ poor display today can go down to the fact they were playing on astro against a stubborn Killie. But that’s just a case of excuses, excuses. Both Rangers and Celtic will have tough away games like that all season. Whilst Gerrard’s men showed good character to end up winning the game, you can’t exactly be impressed by them.
For any Hoops fans who feared they might be the real deal – don’t worry. They looked exactly the same as the easily frustrated outfit of last season.
The title will be staying in the East End of Glasgow. Or, at least, it will if Rangers carry on with performances like they did today.