As we all know now, Rangers made a big dent yesterday in Celtic’s lead, as the Parkhead side dropped a significant two points to Aberdeen, in what is the latest example of the crumbling Brendan Rodgers 2 era in the East End.
Given a head start this season by an abysmal Michael Beale Rangers until November, Celtic had a 7 point lead in October.
Philippe Clement has now effectively wiped that out, assuming (hoping) Rangers win their game in hand.
Since he took over, Celtic have dropped 12 domestic points, while Rangers have dropped just the 5.
There is absolutely no denying Rangers are the better team overall now, with results since October proving that.
Rodgers’ return did not have the continuation effect on Celtic that their board hoped, he has struggled under the pressure of a consistent Rangers under a manager who knows what he’s doing.
When Rodgers won the trebles against newly-promoted Rangers, that was just it – it was due to lack of pressure from Ibrox way that he looked invincible. There was no competition.
Now that a real Rangers manager is pushing this squad to new heights, Rodgers’ Celtic is unable to withstand the competition and folds.
Yes, we can all point at them beating us at Parkhead. It was a flub on Clement’s part and it’s definitely a huge blot on his record. Rangers managers are judged on results against Celtic. Not that he was helped by a rotten squad and no away fans.
But the bigger picture reveals the actual truth.
That Rodgers’ Celtic is struggling to cope when pressed by Rangers, and they are dropping points all over the place.
They will drop more, and Rangers may well too, but the pattern of the past 4 months means, if it continues, Rangers will win the title this season.
The grand picture is a Celtic unable to sustain consistency and a Rangers who are managing to do so more effectively.
The pure data and Clement’s impact suggests this is Rangers’ title to lose now.