Pat Bonner brilliantly piles title pressure on Celtic rivals after another big night for Ange
BBC pundit and former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner has cranked up the title pressure on Rangers after another big night for the Hoops.
Celtic managed to overcome a stubborn St Mirren side 2-0 at Parkhead in what was yet another big 3 points. The result keeps the Bhoys 3 points clear at the top of the Premiership. Now, there’s only 9 games remaining in the title race too as we close in on a historic success.
The performance against St Mirren was also a lot more positive than we’ve seen in recent weeks, particularly in the second half. Whilst at the same time, Rangers were labouring to a narrow 1-0 win at St Johnstone as their vulnerabilities continue to be on show.
And Bonner believes the title pressure is now on Rangers as he praised Celtic for the position they now find themselves in. Speaking on Sportsound last night, Packie said: “Celtic know that they’re in an unbelievable position compared to where they were last year. They’re 3 points ahead, and the pressure could increase on Rangers a little bit on Saturday when they play Aberdeen, but actually it’s Celtic that’s in a really good position.
“Rangers are chasing now. That wasn’t the case earlier in the season and Ange has just kept everything so calm and collected and that’s really good management. He’s not just managing the players, but he’s managing the terracing a little bit by keeping everybody settled down. 9 games to go and 3 points clear – you couldn’t be in a better position.
“The 2 big games that they have to play against Rangers will define their season and the pressure is on Rangers because they can’t afford to lose anything. Otherwise they drift away from Celtic and allow Celtic to be the dominant ones. The competition is there and they’re responding. Tonight was all about getting that goal and they got it.”
Pat Bonner gets it right – Rangers can’t afford to drop anything to Celtic
Celtic fans will go into matches right now with the mentality that we can’t “afford” to drop anything. That any lost points will mean that we won’t go on and win the title. That’s only natural given we want to be as far ahead as Rangers as possible.
However, it doesn’t really tell a true story. Celtic can afford to drop 2 points and still be top of the Premiership. We can afford to drop 5 if it means we beat Rangers in the derby matches. Dropped points for us remain retrievable even if they don’t feel like it at the time.
That’s where we differ from Rangers. They’re one slip-up away from having a mountain to climb. One draw from being 5 points behind and needing to win both Glasgow derby matches. You could see the nerves that were creeping into their game last night.
Rangers aren’t performing well, and they’re showing all the signs of a team struggling to live up to title pressure. A team who simply can’t cope with the heat that Celtic are putting on them. Let’s not forget they entered 2022 with a 6-point gap over us.
The turnaround has been incredible, and Celtic don’t look like stopping as they rediscovered some of their mojo against St Mirren. Another big 3 points at Livingston on Sunday will take us yet another big step closer to the title.
But make no mistake, when Rangers take to the field against Aberdeen at Ibrox this weekend, there’s a monumental pressure on them to pick up the points. If they don’t, many of their supporters will already be conceding the title.