We’ve been getting quite a few of our friends from the East coming on Ibrox Noise ‘undermining’ Rangers’ league win on the basis of Celtic being rubbish.
Now, this theme is not something we’re hypocritical about – we’ve long discredited Celtic’s league wins in the past decade either because there was no Rangers or we were rubbish.
So they’re now doing the same thing.
But there’s a difference – Rangers WERE rubbish, having just been promoted, whereas Celtic, this season, were still the 8.5IAR side they had been for the previous 9 years.
That’s right – any Celtic fan arguing that Rangers won the league off the back of their opponents being poor needs to remember that it’s not Celtic who were awful, it’s just that Rangers were THAT good that we made the side currently 14 points clear of Hibs look absolutely useless.
We cannot overstate the truly shocking power swing in Scottish football – Celtic went from Scottish kings and the Establishment to a joke and outcasts in a manner of literally four months between September and December.
That seismic shift, happening THAT quickly, and having absolutely NOTHING to do with a club in crisis like Rangers’ own troubles in 2012, demonstrates that, honestly, Celtic did little wrong.
Rangers were just too good. Sorry, but we were.
Were Celtic rotten? 8 wins out of 9 with a single draw shows they didn’t start that way.
But then Rangers travelled to Parkhead and tonked them.
THEN the saturation of draws, losses mounted up as pressure told. Including the loss to Rangers, they only won one of their next 5.
This was a club put under serious pressure for the first time in 10 years and it absolutely cracked.
No financial issues, no court trauma, nothing – just a city rival that, seemingly from nowhere, was suddenly colossally better.
No, Celtic lost because Rangers were simply too good, and they couldn’t handle that pressure.
The same happened in 2000 the other way around as MON took over Celtic and put Dick Advocaat sadly in his place and took the title.
Gerrard took a bit longer, but Celtic and Neil Lennon simply had no answer. Were they guilty of resting on their laurels? Maybe.
But don’t believe a single word of any Celtic fan who argues their team was rotten and that’s why Rangers won.
Their team wasn’t awful, but Rangers were just too good, and made them completely fall apart.