How Celtic could have rivals turning on their new manager within weeks
With everyone wondering who the new Rangers manager will be, Celtic are simply getting on with things as we look to kick on in the background.
Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox departure has thrown our rivals into a superb level of chaos. With his backroom staff also going with him, the Ibrox club effectively need to find a new team from scratch.
Regardless of who it is, they’ll all act united when the appointment is made. The Rangers hordes will act as though they didn’t really rate Gerrard anyway and that their new man in the dugout is actually much better and all the rest of it.
But make no mistake, Celtic have a glorious chance to have his supporters turning on him within a few weeks.
Whilst taking nothing for granted, it’s highly likely the two sides will meet each other in the Premier Sports Cup final. Both teams are heavy favourites to take care of St Johnstone and Hibernian respectively next weekend.
Should they do so, Celtic will face Rangers at Hampden on December 19th. Likely to be just weeks after the new man’s appointment.
Celtic have chance to put real doubt into the new Rangers regime
That will then be followed up with a January 2nd meeting at Celtic Park in the Premiership – a game the Hoops supporters cannot wait for as Ange Postecoglou’s team clicks into gear.
The new Rangers boss will arrive at Ibrox with a title-winning squad to look after. Their supporters will firmly expect their success over us to continue and the influence of their new man felt immediately. 2 consecutive derby defeats will be an absolutely shocking look with regression being the main theme for Rangers fans.
Look at how difficult Pedro Caixinha found it after losing twice early on to Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic back in 2017. A cup semi-final and league defeat had him on the ropes early. He failed to recover. And this was against a dominant Celtic side that was swatting aside everything before them.
Rangers are still expected to keep up their derby success against us in the coming months. At least when it comes to the expectation of their fan base. The new manager simply won’t be allowed to lose twice to us and get away with it.
It’s a massive opportunity for Celtic to seriously reassert their dominance on this rivalry. A chance to put Rangers under severe pressure and ensure both their board and their supporters are left questioning whoever they appoint.
Granted, the opportunity of a double-whammy can only happen if we take care of St Johnstone and Rangers overcome Hibernian. However, the chances are it’s going to happen, and Postecoglou should be rubbing his hands at the prospect.