"Comfortable winners"; Kris Commons' latest Celtic prediction won't please rivals
Kris Commons believes Celtic will run out “comfortable winners” against Rangers at Hampden on Sunday.
The Hoops go into the game this weekend with all of the momentum. Celtic are currently 6 points clear at the top of the Premiership with only 5 games remaining. In addition to that, they’ve won the last 2 Glasgow derbies at Celtic Park and Ibrox respectively.
Rangers, meanwhile, will be tiring themselves out in a do-or-die Europa League clash with Braga on Thursday night. Giovanni van Bronckhorst has no option but to play his strongest XI, and that will likely lead to tired legs for Sunday.
But it’s the Ange juggernaut itself that has Commons so certain of a Hoops win that would take them into next month’s Scottish Cup final. Speaking in his Scottish Daily Mail column [print edition, 11/04, The Verdict supplement, page 5]. Commons said: “Ange has never been one for defending. He won’t be looking to creep over the line in the Scottish Cup either. He’ll be looking to blow Rangers away. Looking to win emphatically with entertaining, attacking football in the Celtic tradition. And if Celtic can maintain their recent form, they should do that.
“I think Celtic will be comfortable winners on Sunday. The first 25 to 30 minutes will be frantic as both teams try and lay down a marker at Hampden. Given the extra preparation time, confidence, and the momentum however, Celtic will be well placed to win and add to the demise of Rangers’ rebuild.
“If Celtic go on and win a treble, it would be quite remarkable. It would be right up there, without a shadow of a doubt. When you look back to last summer, there was a new chief executive, a new captain, a new manager, a new team. He came into the club on his own, almost as a one-man band, but now his Celtic team is looking like an unstoppable rolling stone.”
Kris Commons won’t be Celtic’s only media backer this weekend
Chris Sutton and Michael Stewart have already stated they expect the Hoops to overcome Rangers on Sunday too [Premier Sports].
These 3 won’t be the only ones to back Celtic heading into Sunday’s fixture either. Not when you take into consideration the fact that all of the momentum is with Ange Postecoglou’s side.
Of course, there will be those that say a cup semi-final is a one-off game. Anything can happen and all of that. But whilst that’s true, this is anything but the toss of a coin. Not now that Celtic have established themselves as a class above Rangers in recent weeks.
There’s also the added incentive that a win here could potentially end our rival’s season unofficially. Rangers will hopefully go out of Europe on Thursday night to Braga. If that happens, Celtic have a glorious opportunity for ultimate revenge.
We would go on and on about complacency and how it can’t be afforded to be an issue. But let’s be serious – Ange clearly isn’t going to let that happen. If we were going to get complacent, it was going to show at the weekend in the 7-0 mauling of St Johnstone.
Instead, there’s more of a humbleness to this Celtic side. That should bode us extremely well come Sunday afternoon.