Chris Sutton’s dig at Rangers asking where we were on The International Federation of Football History and Statistics list of the past decade where Celtic were placed 11th really does show just how petty and pathetic he is, while demonstrating just what Scottish football did by dumping Rangers to the Third Division.
The list, covering 2011-2020, is based on domestic and European results, which means Celtic had a completely free aim and couldn’t exactly mess up when it came to home affairs.
Based on these stats, teams like Liverpool, Dortmund and Porto are all below Celtic, simply because none of them had a totally competition-free run at their domestic titles and trophies.
Unlike our chums at Parkhead.
Furthermore, to be 11th based on your results up till 2020 shows just how appallingly Celtic sat on their laurels in the absence of Rangers and dominated in Scotland without properly strengthening it, and that was shown patently by their dismal performances in Europe.
If Rangers had a completely free run at it for 10 years, we would be top 10 of this list if not higher, and it only highlights what Celtic actually had in the palm of their hands to throw away miserably as Rangers came storming back over the past year.
You’re right, Sutton, Rangers aren’t in this list – because you were among those to ensure that didn’t have a chance of happening with our exile to the bottom tier.
But Rangers are having the last laugh now, because the tide has most definitely changed.