Celtic played well today against Rangers. There’s no denying that.
It was a vast improvement on the performance against the same side in October.
In the first half, we threatened to score multiple times and mostly kept them quiet.
I’m a fan of winding them up as much as anyone. If Neil Lennon or Scott Brown can get away with a one-liner in the media, great.
However, Lennon’s description of Rangers today rings hollow. Ultimately, they won the match, and they’re 19 points clear, a gap that can only be cut to ten all things being equal.
The Celtic boss reckons we made them ‘look very ordinary’ today.
As quoted by The Daily Record, Lennon said: “Rangers have had their luck over the piece, you get that here and there, but I’m not going to criticise the players for that performance.
“They were outstanding today, and we made them look very ordinary today.
“We were by far superior and just needed the finishing touch really. We thought it would come the longer the game goes on, they would tire.
“They get a huge break with the goal and with the sending off.”
Only looks worse for Celtic
The manager isn’t saying Rangers are ordinary, as some headlines claim, but his point is that he feels Celtic can feel good about their current measurement up against the Ibrox side.
For me, that’s putting an extremely brave face on things.
When we won the League Cup last season, we looked pretty ordinary. But there was only one winner then, and there’s another now.
If Rangers are an ordinary team or made to look like such by us, it only reflects poorly on Celtic that we are entirely adrift of them at the top of the table.
We haven’t laid a finger on them this term, for all our huffing and puffing.
I get that Lennon wants to acknowledge a good Celtic display publicly. But, ultimately, the performance itself meant little today considering how backed into a corner we are.
There can be no gloating or crowing about how good we are right now. The damage has been done.