John Hartson puts Celtic defeat to Rangers in perspective

By John McGinley

December 29, 2019

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has looked to add a bit of hope to today’s proceedings, following a damaging derby defeat to Rangers at Celtic Park.

Steven Gerrard’s team emerged as 2-1 winners against Neil Lennon’s Bhoys, cutting our lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to just two points, with the Ibrox side having played a game less.

It’s prompted a lot of soul searching within the Hoops support all day, with many looking to lay blame or to find answers about what went wrong.

Hartson though is hopeful that the winter break can recharge Celtic, also noting our incredible league title record over the last decade-plus.

There’s a long way to go yet

As Hartson notes, the title is won in May and not December. Although there are clear issues to fix in the Celtic team ahead of the second half of the season, we must remain hopeful of securing an incredible ninth successive league title.

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Remember, we were level on points with Rangers this time last year and showed incredible form in the second half of the season to go on a brilliant trophy chase.

Former Celtic striker John Hartson / (Photo by Chris Lee/Getty Images)

Today’s result was undoubtedly hard to take, but it’s important to remember that it’s just one defeat in a season full of wins and exceptional performances.

Lennon has earned his keep at Celtic Park, especially with our European displays. We can’t become too despondent despite being outplayed for large parts of today’s match.

Hartson is right. The derby defeat is a warning, but it’s not a result of huge consequences. We have the time and personnel to learn from our mistakes and push on.

January is the perfect time to do it.