Celtic icon and pundit Chris Sutton has warned Neil Lennon’s side to take the threat of Rangers seriously this season, writing in his regular Daily Record column.
The recriminations in the wake of last Tuesday’s defeat to CFR Cluj have been fierce. Sutton has been one of the most vocal critics of the club, outside of supporters.
Now, in the wake of positive results from Ibrox, the former Hoops striker is urging the club not to be complacent over the coming season.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “You have to say there is a different feel to this Rangers side this time around.
“Steven Gerrard’s team look a credible threat and anyone at Parkhead who doesn’t recognise that could be in for a heck of a shock.
“Thumping Midtjylland 7-3 over two legs was hugely impressive. Even more so when you put it into context with Celtic’s abject failure the other night.”
Do we need to worry?
It’s undeniable that our city rivals have started the season in fine form but their stiffest tests of the season so far are on the immediate horizon.
The most relevant to us of course is the derby at Ibrox on September 1st.
We’ll know a lot more about both sides after that 90 minutes is in the books.
Neil Lennon simply needs to at least inspire a strong performance from the Hoops to start to bring supporters back on board after a dramatic seven days.
The Hoops haven’t been dreadful since the season kicked off but rather worryingly performances haven’t been consistent.
Make no mistake, we’re in a bit of a fight this season and the players better recognise that more than anyone.
We could well prove our class and our big players certainly have the ability to dominate proceedings in Scotland again, but we need our attitude and application to be spot on.
As the pressure mounts and we edge closer to a potential nine-in-a-row triumph, there is no room for treating any team in the division like a joke, much less the Ibrox outfit.