Steven Pressley doesn't think Celtic will make it nine in a row

By John Reid

January 2, 2020

Steven Pressley is someone who can offer a unique insight into life at both Celtic and Rangers. The centre-back is one of the few people who played for both of Glasgow’s biggest teams in what was a storied career.

Now he has given his verdict on the Premiership title race, following Rangers’ recent 2-1 win at Celtic Park. Interestingly, despite winning a title with Celtic in 2007, he has tipped the Ibrox side to win the title.

“Good physical presence”

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“I actually think Rangers will win the league. Although they are a high pressure team they also carry a really good physical presence and that’s really important on the road in Scotland” he said, as reported by the Daily Record.

Pressley did go on to praise Celtic boss Neil Lennon though, whilst predicting that the Hoops will be busy in the January transfer window.

“I would imagine that Celtic will be more aggressive in this window than Rangers. But Neil Lennon is a manager that really trusts his young players and that’s refreshing.”

It is unlikely that anyone at Celtic Park will be impressed with Pressley’s title prediction. The same will no doubt be true for the majority of the Hoops support. In fact, the comments could provide motivation to the team.

Hoops have been hastily written off

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Celtic do seem to have perhaps been written off perhaps just a tad hastily by Pressley after the loss to Rangers. It is true that the Ibrox side played well and deserved their win.

However, Celtic have won not only the last eight league titles in a row, but the last 10 domestic trophies in Scottish football.

Celtic know what it is like to win a league title. The Ibrox side, except for one or two players, don’t.

Perhaps Celtic being busy in the transfer market, as identified by Pressley, could help the Hoops gain an advantage, but that remains to be seen.

Losing at home to your biggest rivals is undeniably a blow. However, Celtic have shown this season that they know how to overcome any setbacks. That could well be the case once more in the weeks to come.