Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton thinks the way that the Hoops streaked ahead of Rangers in the second half of the season will have left the squad at Rangers ‘absolutely raging’, writing in his Daily Record column this weekend.
Celtic are 13 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership and are on the brink of being named champions for the ninth successive season.
The season is all but confirmed to have been cut short from the usual 38 games.
Sutton thinks the decision to name Neil Lennon’s Bhoys champions would have been much harder had Rangers simply kept pace with the Hoops in 2020, rather than disastrously dropped points in multiple matches.
He reckons the Ibrox stars should be fuming with themselves for not forcing league authorities into a more difficult end-of-season decision.
As quoted by The Daily Record, the former Hoops forward said: “If anyone has a reasoned argument on how Celtic were going to collapse and squander such a healthy lead because a wobbling Ibrox team also suddenly rediscovered their form and won nine straight games, I’d love to hear it.
“I have heard plenty of unreasonable ones so far but nothing which makes any sense. I’ve been speaking to a few of my old team-mates this week and we all agreed on one thing. If I was a Rangers player right now, I’d be absolutely raging.
“Not at the SPFL clubs or the decision to end the season but the fact they allowed Celtic to run away from them. I’m not sure any season could ever be null and voided after 30 games, regardless of the monetary aspects which make it an absolute no-go in any case.
“But this would have been far tougher for anyone to make a call upon had Rangers managed to stay in the race.”
Ultimately it’s Celtic’s impressive form after the winter break that has sealed our impending status as champions and full credit has to be given to Lennon and his players for that.
Having been beaten by Steven Gerrard’s outfit in December, the team could have easily wilted.
Led by Scott Brown though, under the guidance of Lennon, this Hoops side just has a winning mentality that cannot be denied.
It will take more than impotent anger inside the Ibrox dressing room to overcome that next season.
No doubt Sutton will be looking forward to Celtic’s bid for number ten.