Rival pundits' fear over Celtic is very telling; now for the Bhoys to capitalise

By Euan Davidson

March 26, 2022

We’re all Celtic minded folks here; the name of this website should be a dead giveaway that we’re obsessed with all things Celtic-related.

However, spare a thought – if only for a micro-second – for the Rangers-leaning pundits who’ve had to make such severe u-turns all season, whiplash diagnoses have skyrocketed in Greater Glasgow area.

At the beginning of the season, it was all laughs and dismissive comments. Kris Boyd (and get ready, that name will feature heavily), thought Ange Postecoglou should’ve resigned in July [Sun]. Then, when that didn’t happen, it was time to laugh at our away form. It’d be our undoing this season! How on earth would be cope?

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Let’s be honest; Rangers pundits saw this season as another of Celtic capitulation and Ibrox success. The idea that the Hoops would turn it around, and even be chasing a treble, will be a huge shock.

We’ve seen it in recent days. Ally McCoist has said Rangers’ title hopes might be over if Celtic win against Rangers after the international break. This, after having to address comments made on TalkSport by him and Alan Brazil. Kris Boyd, today, has said the international break might prevent van Bronckhorst from setting up his team to face Celtic.

Barry Ferguson, in some confusing comments, said Rangers defenders would rather face Giakoumakis, which we’re attributing to confusion and fear.

They all sound absolutely rattled. Now, it’s time for Celtic to really turn the heat up.

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Celtic really do have a chance to see off Rangers, and the meltdown would be delightful

Let’s not count our chickens, or anything like it. Our game at Ibrox could be a very tense affair, and for all Celtic have shown amazing form since the year turned, it’d be foolish to get presumptive.

Just imagine it, though. The overwrought hot takes, the self-justification, the mental gymnastics. It was satisfying after Celtic Park, but providing a potential knockout blow to Rangers at Ibrox would be extra special.

It wasn’t just the nature of last year’s results, and how the league went. The gloating was insufferable, as was the hyperbole about how great Steven Gerrard was. He was expected, by a media very sympathetic to ex-Rangers players, to walk the league again.

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Instead, he left. Then, we were again told how impactful he was, which quickly became tiresome in its own right.

For all that’s happened since, seeing the commentariat try to address their earlier remarks, backtracking spectacularly all the way, would be immensely satisfying.

For what it’s worth right now, they sound absolutely rattled. Maybe it’s reverse psychology, call it what you will. But they’re nervous.

Boyd, Ferguson, McCoist et al – the last thing they expected was to be anxious at this stage of the season.

For Celtic, there’s misery to be compounded when we face Rangers at Ibrox.

Read more: The biggest success Ange Postecoglou has had at Celtic hasn’t even been on the pitch