Some Celtic supporters have been laughing off Rangers defender Nikola Katic’s title suggestion, after he claimed that the league isn’t yet over.

Celtic sit 13 points clear at the top of the Premiership after winning 11 of 12 domestic games since the winter break ended. The Hoops are clear of Rangers having played a game more, but even so, Celtic would still need to lose four of their final eight games to concede the championship.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon hugs Scott Brown in Rome

Celtic manager Neil Lennon hugs Scott Brown in Rome (Tullio Puglia – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Katic was the man who scored the winner the last time Rangers faced Celtic at Parkhead on December 29th. He spoke today in the Daily Record, stating his belief that a 13-point gap is closable despite it sounding substantial.

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But reacting to his comments on Twitter, there were plenty of Celtic supporters who took it humorously.

 

Katic trying to appease his own supporters

In fairness to Katic, there’s probably not a lot else he could’ve said. He acknowledges how well Celtic have played since the winter break too.

You can probably read between the lines here and tell that he thinks it’s all over. He would be a bit more bullish here if he thought Rangers had a genuine chance to overtake Celtic.

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Rangers’ statement two weeks ago on how the title can’t get handed out just yet also backs players like Katic into a corner. He has to toe the party line, and that’s all he’s doing here. If he came out and said that Celtic had an insurmountable lead, his fans would’ve turned on him and his club wouldn’t have liked that it goes against their statement.

Katic vs Edouard

Katic vs Edouard (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He describes Celtic as “ruthless” and having played “superbly” since the winter break. In fairness to him, he didn’t have to say that either.

As for his claim that the league isn’t over, it’s true to an extent. It isn’t over mathematically, but on the balance of probability, Rangers have next to no chance of turning things around. Celtic have proven over the last eight years that they won’t just collapse when we start playing games again.

Wait and see. If the league resumes, watch Celtic casually stroll to the title with minimal fuss. Then it’ll make all this title-talk nonsense from Rangers figures all the more laughable.

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