Video: The full-time clip that shows even rival players know Celtic have done it
We all know what the title reality is at this point – it really should be over after Celtic took a 2-1 win from Ibrox.
Everyone believes the league championship is now finally done and dusted and that the Hoops will come out on top over the course of the next month or so.
And it looks as though even the Rangers players know it’s done too judging by their full-time reaction on Sunday. A clip has emerged from a rival supporter who filmed the initial post-match full-time scenes, and the look of dejection from so many Rangers stars proves that they believe it’s all over:
The likes of Leon Balogun and Calvin Bassey are both on the deck in total despair. You then have the likes of James Tavernier, Scott Arfield, Joe Aribo, Kemar Roofe, and John Lundstrum all stretched over in a manner that shows they knew the severity of Sunday afternoon.
Make no mistake, this isn’t a normal reaction to a derby defeat here from the Rangers players. At the end of both of the previous games, both sides had enough about them post-mach to keep their heads up and congratulate the other team.
Rangers look very much as though they’ve lost a league title with their reaction to the full-time whistle on Sunday. It’s an image that shows even they believe the game is now up.
Complacency is now Celtic’s biggest rival this season, not Rangers
The dejection painted all over our rivals is extremely telling. It’s clear that the loss has hit them hard. Sure, nobody is expecting them to be jumping for joy come full-time. But there was an extra level of sheer deflation in their reaction.
When you start seeing players fall to the ground, it’s often because they’ve just been knocked out of a competition. It’s because they know their efforts have been for nothing. That’s the look Bassey and Balogun gave after Sunday’s match.
Of course, Celtic’s celebrations you have to say were relatively muted. Sure there was a bit of full-time joy with the supporters in the corner. But outside of that, there’s an understanding there that the job is still to be finished.
6 points clear with 6 games to go means that Rangers are no longer our main rivals. Complacency takes that role instead. Because only that will stop us from wrestling the title back from our foes this season at this stage.
Celtic have the Rangers players battered, broken, and clearly lacking belief. There was no rallying of the troops post-match from any of the Ibrox players. They barely stopped to applaud their supporters whilst their captain seemingly couldn’t get up the tunnel quickly enough.
Celtic have them exactly where we want them. A frightening thought for them indeed.