Derek McInnes getting plenty of grief for saying what we all think

By David Walton

January 13, 2019

Derek McInnes has been getting plenty of stick for his recent comments regarding Celtic and the title.

The truth is, however, that everyone with a footballing brain would agree with him.

The Aberdeen manager claimed that there isn’t a title-race yet. He stated that you would still expect Celtic to run away with the league and that you can’t claim there is a race until March or April.

These comments have been enough for angry Rangers supporters in particular, many of whom have been sending plenty of hate towards the Dons manager on social media.

Derek McInnes still can’t see past Celtic (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

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Yet, how can anyone claim that McInnes isn’t telling anything other than the truth?

As it stands, Celtic remain top of the league, and have yet to be displaced for any lengthy period of time. Rangers may have gotten one over on the Hoops last month, but they’ve consistently stuttered since the league began.

The only team in the country who have shown an ability to consistently win big games is Celtic. The have a track record of success matched by nobody in Scotland. Expecting them to pull away simply has to be natural given their history of domestic success recently.

Are you allowed to suggest Rangers can’t keep up with an in-form Celtic?

Far too much offence is taken when anyone suggests that Steven Gerrard’s Rangers won’t win the league. Even more so if you suggest that Celtic will run away with things if they click into gear. But it’s difficult to deny that’s the case.

Rangers have 42 points at the moment in the league. That’s just two more than they gained at this stage last season. The only reason they’re still in the hunt is because Celtic have nine points less than they did at this stage last term.

Rangers’ win over Celtic has been massively overplayed (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

All it takes is for Celtic to rediscover similar form and they’ll start to peel away once again. McInnes’ claim that Celtic are favourites to do so simply comes from the fact that they’re the only club to show that kind of form previously.

Rangers, for all of their bravado, are only two points better off than last term. It’s hardly breathtaking, and more of a symbol of how poor Celtic have been this season.

In the end, however, we all expect Celtic to peel away due to their quality.

McInnes is just another one of those, so why the outcry?