Former Celtic defender Stephen Crainey has hit out at Rangers for a severe lack of sportsmanship against the Hoops today.

Celtic managed to defeat Rangers 1-0 in a Betfred Cup final that got heated quickly at Hampden. Christopher Jullien’s strike was the only goal of the game as Steven Gerrard’s side tried to batter down Celtic’s door with no luck.

However, as tempers flared, there was a poor, poor lack of sportsmanship on Rangers’ part.

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Steven Gerrard’s side couldn’t take Celtic edging in front (Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images)

Celtic had kicked the ball out in order for Jullien to receive some treatment. The Frenchman had just had his achilles raked by the boot of Alfredo Morelos. However, when he went off, Rangers refused to give the ball back to the Champions.

It all ended with another pathetic Morelos effort that ended up giving us the ball back in any case. But it was a key sign of the lack of professionalism and the soaring levels of desperation that’s growing at Ibrox. Crainey, meanwhile, certainly wasn’t ready to let it go unnoticed come full-time.

Celtic showing they have a stranglehold on Rangers

Did anything show more the emotional grip we have on Rangers outside of that moment? It really is lowest of the low stuff.

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Sure, you can understand their frustration. They had been peppering our goal with crosses and shots all game. In addition to that, you can get if they feel that Jullien may not have been injured and that it was a timewasting exercise. But the fact is Rangers didn’t have the ball. It shows a real disregard for decency, but that’s typical of this Rangers side.

Celtic were the ones laughing come full-time (Michael Steele/Getty Images)

It doesn’t matter whether they had more chances or not – Rangers got what they deserved for that moment alone. Considering the fact Morelos also got away with foul after foul, it’s fair to say they got plenty of luck from Willie Collum today.

Yet when it’s all said and done, it now reads as four opportunities at a trophy for Gerrard and zero taken. His “success”, if you can even call it that, certainly isn’t tangible.

Celtic celebrate League Cup win over Rangers

Celtic got what they deserved today (Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Celtic’s domestic dominance has continued nicely under Neil Lennon. Since arriving, he’s secured all three domestic trophies in a matter of 10 months. That must be absolutely killing Rangers and their fans knowing that there’s been no decrease in standards.

Hopefully, more and more people call out their poor level of sportsmanship today. Talk about a team in pure desperation.

 

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