Title Crunch: Can Rangers beat Celtic at Parkhead?

Title Crunch: Can Rangers beat Celtic at Parkhead?
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 30: Rangers manager Philippe Clement (l) reacts as Celtic Manager Brendon Rodgers looks on during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Rangers FC at Celtic Park Stadium on December 30, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

It’s the basic question most Rangers fans are asking: can Rangers go to Parkhead and win?

Sure, the 0-3 would be lovely, but can we even pick up the basic 3 points?

All signs, sadly, point to no.

Celtic raise their game against Rangers, and add that to the fact it’s on their patch and the biggie of no travelling Rangers fans in the East End (for the final time) and we really don’t see how our side can secure the win at all.

Celtic know how to best Rangers, Brendan Rodgers having only ever lost a single time to the Famous, and that being the 1-0 to Steven Gerrard in 2018.

That’s in 16 matches, 12 wins.

So we’re not sure how Philippe Clement, who has conceded 5 goals in two matches v Celtic, is going to turn it around and produce a goliath win on their patch without any fans backing us up and a propensity for picking bad starting XIs putting us on the back foot straight away.

Are we conceding defeat?

Not quite, it probably sounds like it though. What we’re saying is given how badly our players and manager shoot ourselves in the foot, how much we’re our own worst enemies and the fact we’ve capitulated to a rather modest-at-best Celtic is incredibly disappointing.

In short, if the manager did (more of) the right things, and the players showed the heart, we’d be in with a shout.

But we don’t have the faith of either of these taking place, which means we’re gifting Celtic the win and likely title.

So many fans say to us ‘Clement knows more about football than you’ or ‘armchair managers, let the manager do the job ffs’ but then surely even they can see the mistakes the boss makes?

If they can’t, they’re not helping much. Surely they can see the number of players out of position or selected without merit? It took 4 months for Goldson, to name but one, to be ‘dropped’ and Balogun to come in. Silva is back in being selected again along with Barisic.

But then you add the players themselves who lack structure or hard work into the mix and we’re looking at all-round significant difficulty.

So, sadly, no, we don’t see a win this weekend, not because we’re just not good enough, but because we’ll screw it up on the pitch or in the dugout.

That’s just what we do these days when it really matters. Especially against Celtic.

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