Craig Beattie may be feeling a little sheepish after the comments he made over Celtic’s title “bottle” just a few months ago.
Back in mid-November, the former Hoops forward made the surprising claim that he wasn’t sure whether Neil Lennon’s men had the bottle to win another championship or not.
Despite our, at the time, nine trophy in-a-row haul, the retired frontman tried to compare our lack of know how to the Ibrox side who have since faltered badly under Steven Gerrard.
In November, Beattie told Sky Sports: “I discussed this yesterday with a very well-known journalist, who said ‘It will be interesting to see if Rangers have got the bottle with three or four games to go… if they’re in contention, will they have the bottle to stand up to potentially winning the league?’
“I flipped the question on him and said ‘How do we know that Celtic have got the bottle?’, because with three or four games to go, nobody has been challenging them of late.
“I get what he is saying from a Rangers perspective but from a Celtic perspective, they’ve been runaway winners for however many years now.
“So how will they cope with three or four games to go?”
Beattie will surely realise we have the “bottle” now
Few would have argued that we weren’t in a title race following our 2-1 derby defeat on December 29th.
Neil Lennon, the players and our vast fanbase all knew a fight was on. But nobody shirked the issue.
The players went to Dubai, regrouped and came again. They’ve since won all six of their Premiership clashes – scoring at least three goals in every single match.
Meanwhile, Rangers, who Beattie seemed so keen to stick up for, have stuttered and stumbled.
The gap was two points prior to the break. It’s now ten. Beattie’s comments on bottle seem a long time ago.