The 3 desperate excuses rivals will try and use if Celtic win at Hampden

By David Walton

April 12, 2022

As Celtic continue their preparations for Sunday’s Scottish Cup tie at Hampden, its fair to say there’s plenty of pressure on Ange and the Bhoys.

There’s now an expectation that Celtic dump out Rangers and progress to the final. The reason being that we’re the team in form. There’s an importance for that momentum to continue, especially after winning at Ibrox 9 days ago.

However, as much as we’re all looking forward to this week’s clash, you can already hear the excuses coming from Ibrox. If Celtic rack up a third consecutive win over them, they won’t be able to take it without resorting to one of several desperate excuses.

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The first of those likely being that Alfredo Morelos is missing. Something we’ve constantly had to hear about since the Colombian’s injury on international duty.

But haven’t they been telling us all along that the likes of Kemar Roofe and Fashion Sakala are more than good enough for this level? Isn’t their squad supposed to be packed with talent? After all, I thought Rangers were able to put out 2 different teams that could win this league if they wanted. Their reliance on Morelos makes no sense given the strength of squad they apparently have.

Secondly, and this is the one we’ll be showered with – a lack of prep time after their Europa League game against Braga on Thursday night.

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Rangers are supposed to have a squad capable of dealing with a heavy schedule

Rangers will play Celtic less than 72 hours later, with the Hoops having 8 days to prepare for the match. However, once again, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be fresh for this fixture.

They made a host of changes during their game against St Mirren on Sunday. Plenty of those Rangers players should be more than able to get themselves up for a game as big as this weekend.

It would be a tad different if Rangers were absolutely ripped by injuries to their first team, but again, they’re anything but. They still have room for rotation that should keep them fresh enough for Sunday. If they can’t get themselves up for this weekend then they’re in an even worse state than even we believe. And it would also say a lot about their already questionable mentality.

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And finally, you can expect some nonsense about how a refereeing decision robbed them of a win or a chance to get back into the game. This has been their go-to all season when results haven’t gone their way. That a decision was the cause of those disappointments instead of actually acknowledging their own poor performances.

Even after the last derby match you’ll find Rangers supporters bashing Willie Collum despite there having been no controversial decisions in our 2-1 victory. Complaints about Bobby Madden will be their go-to regardless of how many Celtic may win by.

The truth is, this is a football club that just can’t admit when it’s been outclassed by Celtic. Sure you’ll find pockets of supporters tipping their hats to the Hoops if we boss things on Sunday, but plenty will be reaching into their excuse jar and will undoubtedly try to pick out one of the 3 mentioned above.

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