Kevin Thomson bafflingly claims title foes can blow Celtic away; zero evidence to back it up
Former Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson has incredibly tried to state that Rangers can deliver their own Glasgow derby hammering of Celtic on Sunday.
Celtic left Rangers battered and embarrassed back on February 3rd. The 3-0 win marked a statement day for Ange Postecoglou as Hoops boss. Not only was it his first Glasgow derby win, but he also managed to overtake our rivals at the top of the league.
Since then, that lead has grown further to 3 points. Celtic have taken advantage of our rivals’ ropey form, albeit they’ve impressed in the Europa League in recent months.
Thomson was previewing the game on Sky Sports today. Yet whilst the Kelty Hearts manager had some decent enough things to say about Celtic under Ange, he bafflingly claimed that Rangers could replicate what the Bhoys did back in February:
“They [Rangers] have been the course before and know what it’s like to win titles know so there’s experience in the camp. So it’s going to be an intriguing match up. They are both attacking and score lots of goals. Both can be vulnerable at ties at the back. It’s going to be interesting.
“To be on the front foot is key. The energy Celtic showed in that first half at Celtic Park was second to none. They blew Rangers away. Rangers have the capabilities of doing exactly that to Celtic. The crowd will be massive. The energy that can be produced at Ibrox is unbelievable and the players are going to need that.
“They are going to have to give the fans something to get excited about. If they start sharp, early tackles, chances and impose themselves on the game as quickly as possible then it could be the defining factor.”
Nothing to suggest Rangers have what it takes to do what Celtic did in February
Both teams are capable of winning the game if the other is off it. We would all acknowledge that. Granted, we still believe Ange boasts the better players and think it’s down to what we do more than our foes.
However, where on earth is the evidence that Rangers can do the same as Celtic’s stunning February display? Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat – that was a surreal first-half display. We had the game won by half-time, and goodness knows what the scoreline would’ve been had we not taken the foot off the accelerator.
Celtic have played Rangers twice this season. The first ended in a narrow 1-0 defeat in which we missed several big chances. Oh, and that was at an Ibrox without any Celtic fans whatsoever. And we all know what happened in the second meeting.
You can’t point to last season and say that’s proof. Celtic are a totally changed team now. Only Callum McGregor and Greg Taylor are likely to start from last season’s regular XIs. This is a new side and to say Rangers are capable of battering them is delusional nonsense.
Spare me the Borussia Dortmund stuff too. There’s a totally different pressure on them when they face Celtic, and they aren’t facing a club in crisis when we rock up at Ibrox either. The idea that our 3-0 mauling was the kind of performance either side can produce does it a massive disservice. It was incredible stuff.
We’ll see what happens on Sunday. But we’ll make an educated guess that Rangers won’t be 3-0 ahead at half-time. Why? Because they’re simply not capable of it.