Rival supporters left in a state of total denial as Celtic edge further ahead in title race

By David Walton

February 21, 2022

As Rangers conspired to drop another 2 points to allow Celtic to move ahead further in the title race, it appears as though their supporters have been left in a state of total denial.

Indeed, the Hoops had to grind it out the hard way against Dundee at Parkhead yesterday. A late goal from Giorgos Giakoumakis to complete his hat-trick sent Celtic Park into a state of euphoria. 3 points clear now ahead of Rangers with an incredible 9-point swing occurring since the winter break.

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Celtic were denied a stonewall penalty in the first half that didn’t get any real mention from the media. However, that hasn’t stopped the Rangers fans from spending the weekend moaning about decisions from the officials and crying about the introduction of VAR again.

For Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men were also denied a stonewall penalty at Tannadice. Not 2 as they would have you believe. They should’ve had one when Fashion Sakala was pulled back in the box from scoring a simple tap-in. So how did they respond to this adversity? Well, they failed to get the job done and decided to just moan about it afterward.

Rangers had 30 shots at Tannadice and could only score from one of them [BBC]. That was the difference between them and Celtic over the weekend. We battled through our own adversity and managed to get the points. Rangers didn’t have that same level of character.

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In what will be absolutely no surprise to anyone of course, their fans can’t simply accept that. They can’t just admit that they weren’t good or clinical enough on the day to merit 3 points. Not like when Celtic rocked up at Tannadice in December and swept United away in a comfortable 3-0 success.

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The league table now paints a picture that nobody thought was possible back in August. Ibrox supporters especially. It pains them far too much to just accept the job Ange Postecoglou has done in Glasgow’s East End.

So what do they do instead? Why they just blame it on the refs and go into total denial mode. If this is the state they’re in after we go 3 points ahead, goodness knows what will happen if we extend the advantage further.

Celtic face another tricky game next Sunday when we travel to face Hibernian at Easter Road. Win that and we will be 6 points clear before they play Motherwell later on. And it’s clear as Celtic crank up the title pressure, the Rangers supporters are struggling to take to what’s happening in front of their own eyes.

Take a look at this reaction to the weekend’s games as our rival’s fans have been left in a state of meltdown: