Former Celtic star and Sky Sports pundit Kris Commons thinks the cracks are beginning to show in Steven Gerrard’s Rangers squad, especially compared to the options available to Neil Lennon.
There was a big change in the complexion of the Scottish Premiership title race this weekend after the Bhoys won 3-0 at Celtic Park against Ross County and Rangers lost 2-1 away to Hearts.
With neither side dropping many points this season it is a notable moment which has raised questions about the readiness of Gerrard’s squad to compete for trophies.
Commons thinks that the Scottish champions hold the advantage again when it comes to personnel, with things beginning to look a bit like last season for the Ibrox club.
As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail (27/01 print edition, Verdict supplement page 16), he said: “The main issue is the lack of depth in the Rangers squad in key positions. Obviously, any team will miss their captain and their main goalscorer.
“But it’s all relevant. When compared to Celtic, Rangers look desperately short in certain areas and that might well prove to be key in the title race.
“Celtic now have two fully-fit strikers firing in Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard, with the £3.5million addition of Patryk Klimala thrown into the mix for good measure.
“For Rangers, there are signs of déjà vu from last season in terms of how sluggish they’ve looked after the winter break.”
Chance Celtic can strengthen further this week
Commons is right to note the squad depth tips in our favour.
Having already added Klimala and Ismaila Soro to the squad, there’s a chance Celtic could flex a bit more financial muscle in the closing stages of the January window.
We continue to be linked with players in multiple positions and all eyes are on Celtic Park to see what Neil Lennon, Nick Hammond and Peter Lawwell can pull out of the hate before the upcoming deadline.
With players like Mohamed Elyounoussi also still to return from injury, we are in excellent shape ahead of a frantic trophy chase in multiple competitions.
There’s a long way to go of course and it’s all up to Lennon to best utilise what he has available.