St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson has stated Celtic are “just as good” as Rangers despite the current Scottish football narrative.
The Ibrox side currently top the Premiership by 16 points. However, Celtic have three games in hand with three derbies still to play. That leaves the league title still in our own hands as we look to avoid a single slip-up in the coming months.
Celtic wrapped up the quadruple treble on Sunday with a dramatic penalty shootout win vs Hearts. However, the general narrative is that we’re second best in Scotland at the moment given Rangers’ form.
But St Johnstone boss Davidson believes everyone is quick to jump on Celtic for a loss of form. As he looks to do us a favour when Rangers visit Perth tomorrow night, Davidson backed the Hoops’ corner.
As quoted by the Courier, he said: “They are both exactly the same. They are just as good as each other.
“We are very quick to jump on Celtic at the moment only because Rangers are playing so well. Both are top teams and both have top quality players.
“We need to be focused for 90 minutes – try and frustrate them. We need to make sure it is difficult for them to break us down. And when you get chances against the big teams it is so important that you take them”
You can’t compare Celtic and Rangers and say our squad is inferior
Davidson is spot on here. You can’t look at our squad and say we have worse off players than Rangers. In fact, player for player, you would still say we have the better one. I’m sure our rivals will think it’s the other way around, but we have the trophies to show for it.
Rangers fans have been claiming their squad is better than ours for several years now. Time and time again they’ve come up short. They’ve done so again this season in the Betfred Cup.
So the pressure is all on our rivals this term. Fair play to them because they’ve started the league season so well. But nothing has been won yet, and when Celtic click, you would still fancy us against anyone.
Davidson, of course, took two points off Celtic several weeks ago at Parkhead. So it stands to reason that his side could manage a repeat against Rangers on their own patch. Remember, St Johnstone drew 2-2 with the Ibrox side towards the end of the 2019-20 campaign. It can be done.
Should Rangers be the ones to slip up next, it could be massive for us. Psychologically speaking. It puts a nasty level of pressure on our rivals after we secured the quadruple treble. It also allows us to cut the gap even further at Ibrox on January 2nd. A win there and things will indeed be looking bright heading into 2021/.
Here’s hoping all of that comes to fruition. But so long as we continue doing our own job and keeping ourselves on the right track, that’s all we can ask for.