We’ve made a reference or two recently to Tommy Burns’ Celtic of the 90s, the admittedly-impressive side who just couldn’t beat our Walter’s all-conquering Rangers.
The late Burns’ team played great football, but the ‘joke’ back then was how Tommy explained how his epitaph would be that ‘Andy Goram broke his heart’.
The Goalie was magnificent, arguably our greatest-ever stopper, with only Allan McGregor coming close, but let’s not pretend he was the only tool Walter had. The team was all-round winners, who knew how to stop Celtic, how to defend, and how to hurt them.
It led to 10+ years of frustration in the east, that they just could not stop our juggernaut. We had more money, better players, and there was nothing they could do about it.
It wasn’t till those players finally aged a bit and eventually succumbed to pressure and time that Celtic finally stopped the side from claiming 10. And of course Rangers did the same to Celtic a few years ago.
But… the nub of the point is Rangers fans are now finding ourselves where Celtic were 25+ years ago. We have a decent enough footballing team, we even got to Sevilla.
But domestically, Celtic have the money and the better players, and it would appear, for now, the better manager as well.
As things stand, Celtic will just keep on winning things, certainly the majority of things, and Rangers have to settle for second-best.
This is, of course, not good enough, but pray, tell us at Ibrox Noise, what can we do this summer to overturn Celtic’s current superiority?
Just a case of replace the squad? With what money? Just a case of ‘go again’? What do we do differently to change the outcome?
Celtic fans were absolutely distraught in the 90s, when their team just wasn’t good enough to beat ours, but now it’s very much roles reversed.
And yes, we’re well aware of what we were robbed of 11 years ago, and how we’ve had a journey to get back to the summit of Scottish football, but it doesn’t alter that here and now, we’re playing second fiddle.
It also doesn’t matter that we blew our momentum in the summer of 21, wrecking the achievement of 55 in favour of selling pin badges, the fact is that our club is second-best at present.
That has to change. Of course it does.
But we’re absolutely lost for ideas as to how a Rangers without any significant money can overturn a Celtic swimming in the stuff.
We’ll leave that to the audience who will have better ideas than us.