Rangers result shows a bold Celtic change could have saved our season; cost of Dubai hits home

By John McGinley

February 7, 2021

Celtic will again be thinking ‘what if?’ this afternoon after Rangers dropped more points in the Scottish Premiership.

If you happened to miss the game, Steven Gerrard’s side were pretty dreadful away to Hamilton Academical, showing that on occasion they can be vulnerable to a slip-up.

It’s a frustrating situation for Celtic fans.

Even after an Ibrox defeat at the start of the year, Celtic still only needed a four-point swing to bring matters back into our own hands in the Scottish Premiership. Or, at least, spark an exciting title race.

Yes, we were 19 points behind, but had three games in hand and were still due to play them twice.

How many points have Rangers dropped since that match? It just happens to be four.

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Sadly, Celtic were dire in the wake of the Ibrox game.

We were caught up in the Dubai scandal, lost half our team for two fixtures and ultimately performed poorly against Hibernian, Livingston and St Mirren.

All of our own making.

They could afford to drop those points today. It’s no skin off their nose really. It matters little to the league title race.

The Celtic change we needed

If you cast your mind even further back to the humiliating defeats against Sparta Prague and Ross County, a managerial change could well have been made then.

Some fans demanded it.

Had a bold shift been made, had Celtic managed to find a spark, or a fresh start, or any sort of direction away from the current Neil Lennon reign, things could have been much different at the top of the table right now.

What would Celtic change have brought this season? / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers have been impressive this season, there’s no doubt about it. However, had we gotten our act together and made the right decisions at the time we needed to, they might not be sitting so comfortably right now.

We’ve failed to put them under pressure in any way. That’s what’s most annoying. Everyone at Celtic is culpable.

What if, indeed.

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