Chris Sutton turns the tables on Celtic collapse narrative with reminder for rival supporters

By John McGinley

April 23, 2022

Chris Sutton has railed against the suggestion Celtic are in line for a huge collapse and reminded Rangers supporters of their own fall from grace over the last 12 months.

Chests are puffed out across the city after a few good results and there’s anticipation from some quarters that Ange Postecoglou’s team are about to wilt under pressure.

Listen, you can see why they have a bit of confidence. They won the Scottish Cup semi-final and are in the midst of a Europa League run. But ultimately, they’ve allowed Celtic to sit in pole position in the Scottish Premiership with five games to go.

And that’s Sutton’s reminder for them this weekend – look at the points swing from last season and you’ll see where the true collapse in Glasgow has been this term.

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Writing in his Daily Record column, he said: “It might be a bit of mind games or Rangers fans trying to pile on the pressure, but I’ve seen some people suggest if Celtic don’t get over the line in the league it would be one of the biggest collapses ever.

“I don’t buy it. There’s a lot of football still to be played and, in fact, I’d flip it the other way. If Ange Postecoglou can complete the job in the remaining five games and deliver the title in what everyone expected to be a transitional season, I’d say the biggest collapse ever will have come from Ibrox.

“To turn a 25 point deficit last season into a title win this year would be a monumental achievement for Celtic – and a huge fall from grace from Rangers when they were in a position to kick on from their success.

“Celtic were so bad last year it looked like it might take four or five transfer windows to sort out the mess, yet look where they are now. We can argue about collapses at the end of the season though. There is a heck of a lot of work to be done.”

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The best way to put people back in their box is by resuming the exceptional Premiership form that has taken the team to this point.

Sutton is right that there’s a lot of work ahead. Nothing is guaranteed. Look at the Ross County trip earlier in the season. Celtic needed a last gasp winner that night.

It’s in that spirit Celtic need to show everyone a performance tomorrow. Drive the progress made this season home Bhoys and let’s enjoy a May party.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou brilliantly shuts down Celtic mentality question ahead of title run-in.