Gary Caldwell makes bizarre Celtic and Rangers assertion on BBC radio

By John McGinley

February 17, 2020

Former Celtic defender Gary Caldwell has claimed that Rangers are as good or even possibly better than Neil Lennon’s team ‘1-11’, speaking to BBC Sportsound on Monday evening.

Caldwell won two league titles at Celtic Park so knows a thing or two about title races, but it’s surprising to hear him suggest that Rangers are better man to man than the reigning Scottish champions.

Celtic have played against Rangers three times this season and have won two of those matches, one of which was for a tangible bit of silverware.

Gerrard’s team may have performed well in the last two encounters, but being the best in Scotland is about consistency and turning up when it matters most, two traits Celtic have shown off plenty in recent seasons.

Despite that, Caldwell thinks Celtic could lose the two upcoming derby matches at Ibrox and Celtic Park.

Speaking on BBC Sportsound, the former Celtic defender said: “I think 1-11 Rangers are as good, or possibly even better than Celtic.

“They’ve proved the last two games because the cup final they outplayed them but couldn’t get it done and in the league game they outplayed them and won the game at Celtic Park.

“I could actually see them, if they’ve got a fully fit squad, both Old Firm games, I could see them winning them.”

Jonny Hayes in action for Celtic vs Rangers / (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Caldwell would go on to explain he still thinks Celtic will win the league, but that doesn’t make his ‘1-11’ comments make much more sense.

It’s difficult to see who in the Rangers team would make it into a Lennon eleven right now. Alfredo Morelos is their best player but you’d be hard pushed to find a Celtic fan who’d suggest he would play ahead of Odsonne Edouard.

Regardless, Celtic are ten points clear right now and have won the last ten trophies available in Scotland.

A couple of derby performances proves absolutely nothing and, hopefully, we can show in the tail-end of the season why Celtic are undoubtedly the best team in the country in any context.