Hugh Burns, the former defender and notorious Rangers TV pundit has criticised John Hartson for suggesting that the Ibrox side should concede the title to Celtic, The Scottish Sun report.

The man who once asked “What’s the goalie daein’, Tam?” as Moussa Dembele dinked the ball over Wes Foderingham is already something of a joke figure amongst Celtic supporters for his Rangers TV commentary.

His latest comments are unlikely to boost his reputation amongst the Hoops support.


Burns has been left annoyed by Hartson comments provided to BBC Scotland that suggested Celtic were already deserving winners of the Scottish Premiership trophy.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “There is no chance Rangers can concede the title. If that was the case then Celtic’s ninth straight title would mean nothing.

“Big John is talking absolute nonsense. He doesn’t have a clue and I don’t think he is living in the real world. It’s a case of playing to the crowd and trying to appease the Celtic fans.

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“Of course the odds are stacked against Rangers and it looks like Celtic will win the title if the season is played to a finish. But for Rangers just to roll over and accept their fate right now is crazy.”

Obviously Burns is going to stick up for Rangers, but his criticism of Hartson is very harsh, bordering on meltdown.

That’s especially true when you consider Inverurie Locos have already shown the way forward in Scottish football by conceding the Highland League title to Brora Rangers, making respectful comments in the process.

Celtic captain Scott Brown with Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos

Celtic captain Scott Brown with Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic are currently 13 points clear and a month ago nobody gave the Ibrox side a chance of winning a title, so why is it now so absurd to crown Neil Lennon’s Bhoys if the season has to be declared over?

Perhaps it’s those at Ibrox not quite living in reality, because their nightmare scenario could soon come true.

As for nine-in-a-row meaning nothing? Nice try, Hugh.

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