The disrespect of Celtic has come to a crushing and curiously silent end

By John McGinley

May 19, 2022

You’ve heard all the nonsense over the last few weeks.

Celtic’s Scottish Premiership win doesn’t matter. Rangers were never prioritising the league. Their European run is a greater achievement than the Lisbon Lions. The trophy is in the bag. The Bhoys are irrelevant. And so on.

Not much of that today is there?

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Yes, the hype and the noise and the blatant disrespect of Celtic has come to a crushing end thanks to a missed penalty and a bit of German excellence.

Kevin Thomson’s comments on the 1967 European Cup win have aged very poorly indeed. [Daily Record]

Kenny Miller’s aren’t looking much better. [Daily Record]

It was also an absurd debate. In fact, I’m not sure you could call it a debate. It was always absurd. And now it’s been put to bed.

This Rangers team aren’t even better than Ange Postecoglou’s, never mind the immortal Jock Stein side. Pundits should know better.

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Yes, Celtic, the Scottish Premiership winners are the most accomplished side in the country this season and there’s no falling back on a trophy you claimed as yours before it was won.

The truth is, Rangers are now staring down the barrel of a barren season. Yet another one. They face Hearts on Saturday and while they will be favourites, Robbie Neilson’s team will be right up for it.

The fact remains that the only team Rangers have beaten in a cup final over the last decade is Peterhead. And that’s hardly a measuring stick of success.

Even if they win at Hampden and lift the Scottish Cup, it’s another season for Rangers in Celtic’s shadow as the champions.

A tip for others – if you want to so publicly attempt to diminish and belittle Celtic in future, you should probably achieve something first.

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