Former Celtic player Davie Provan has questioned Rangers striker Jermain Defoe’s assertion that the Hoops can be ousted in the Scottish Premiership sometime soon, writing in his Scottish Sun column this weekend.

Defoe was asked by outlet FootballFancast last week whether or not Rangers can win the Scottish Premiership title in the next couple of years and responded positively, stating that it’s only a matter of time.

That’s despite the Hoops winning a clean sweep of all domestic trophies for four seasons in a row and ending the current campaign 13 points clear with eight scheduled games remaining that could have ensured that gap widened.


Provan thinks that Celtic being usurped unless Rangers find a renewed bottle.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “I’ll have a pint of whatever Jermain Defoe’s drinking.

“Asked when Rangers will win the league, the striker says: ‘I do genuinely believe it’s only a matter of time. The club has everything it needs to be successful, even down to the food we’re eating at the training ground.’

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“Sorry, but Gers had their chance this season and couldn’t walk the walk.

“Until they match Celtic for bottle, it’ll be more humble pie.”

In one-off derby games Rangers may have shown improvement this season but over the course of a league campaign, it was Celtic again who showed they are by far the best team in the country.

The Hoops even beat the Ibrox outfit in a League Cup final late last year.

Odsonne Edouard scores for Celtic against Rangers

Odsonne Edouard scores for Celtic against Rangers / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

They may feel like they’ve made significant improvements under Steven Gerrard but they are a long way off from stopping the Hoops and that’s clear to see, even to pundits who don’t mind a dig at the Hoops.

Defoe, like many others at Ibrox, likes to talk a big game, especially when matches are not being played.

Celtic, however, like to do all the talking on the pitch where it matters most.

Until our city rivals realise that they’ll continue to fall short.

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