Rivals myth destroyed by Provan on eve of Celtic derby; claims business not sustainable

By John McGinley

May 1, 2021

Former Celtic player Davie Provan thinks people are going too far when discussing the strength of Rangers and doesn’t believe their current business model is sustainable.

The Ibrox side comfortably won the Scottish Premiership this season after a Celtic collapse but performed poorly in both domestic competitions.

Provan acknowledges their achievement this term but thinks the talk of them being set up to dominate Scottish football for seasons to come is totally wide of the mark.

Writing in his Scottish Sun column this weekend, he said: “After describing Steven Gerrard’s Rangers team as no better than “decent”, I’m accused of sour grapes being an ex-Celtic player.

“Ahead of Sunday’s Old Firm game, I wouldn’t take back a single word. I’ve been around long enough to recognise a top Rangers team. This isn’t one of them. Gerrard will know that himself.”

Provan would continue: “On the back of Rangers’ first success in a decade, some people are getting carried away. The idea this team is equipped to rule for years is nonsense.

“Like Celtic, they will have to sell their best players to sustain their wage bill. Having spiked The Ten, will generous directors have the appetite to run up more debt? Gers’ directors can’t shovel money into the club indefinitely. Their business model isn’t sustainable.”

Provan goes on to suggest a number of their top stars look set to leave the club, with other ageing players such as Steven Davis, Jermain Defoe and Allan McGregor reaching the twilight stage of their careers.

The pundit reckons they are catchable next season, citing the example of Martin O’Neill’s team stomping all over Dick Advocaat and his men at the start of the century.

Celtic in action against Rangers / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

No doubt these comments will go down like a lead balloon with those of an Ibrox persuasion, but it’s refreshing to hear somebody publicly acknowledge everything isn’t as rosy as made out across the city.

Write Celtic off next season at your peril.

In other news, Celtic are said to have been close to signing James McCarthy in January.