Pundit Kris Boyd thinks Celtic have a swagger and confidence in their week-to-week matches that Rangers are still lacking, The Scottish Sun reports.
Neil Lennon’s team have opened up a ten-point lead over the Ibrox outfit after a disastrous return from the winter break for Steven Gerrard’s men.
Celtic are flying in multiple competitions and don’t look like being stopped by anyone soon, even picking up all three points in matches where performance levels are not at their peak, such as against Aberdeen on Sunday.
Boyd thinks that there’s still something massively missing in the mentality of Rangers, especially compared to the reigning champions.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “They’ve proved they can deliver on the big stage at times, but, over the course of a season, leagues are won by coming to Kilmarnock, Motherwell and Tynecastle and walking away with a swagger.
“That’s been the difference between the two teams since the break.
“Celtic have rolled up to every ground knowing they are the champions. That’s their mindset. Rangers are still chasing. Celtic have the swagger and confidence in what they are doing. Rangers haven’t.”
Celtic look like a machine right now so Boyd’s comments aren’t something of a surprise, even taking into account the fact he certainly favours Rangers as a fan and ex-player.
It seems obvious to everyone right now that the Hoops look a level above Rangers, outside of derby matches at least.
However, with a long way to go until the end of the season, the last person getting ahead of himself right now will be Lennon.
He knows the giant swings that can occur in the closing stages of a title race and will be keeping his team laser-focused until we are over the line and nine-in-a-row champions.
Hopefully we can maintain the swagger that Boyd has noted.