Former Celtic defender, Gary Caldwell, is on BBC Sportsound tonight and he has just told the panel that he believes ‘Rangers’, 1-11, are a match for the champions, perhaps even better than Celtic, as recent Glasgow derbies have shown. However, he doesn’t think that the Ibrox club can win the title due to a mental issue, in terms of being unable to get over the line.
In the interests of accuracy, this is not a wind up – Caldwell really did say this:
Former @CelticFC defender Gary Caldwell believes @RangersFC 1-11 are a match for the champions, perhaps even better as recent Old Firm games have shown – but doesn’t believe Gerrard’s side can win the title because “they don’t know how to get over the line”
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— BBC Sportsound (@BBCSportsound) February 17, 2020
There’s no doubt that a team masquerading as Rangers can match Celtic in one off games and that the team in blue was the better side in the last two Glasgow derbies, despite the fact Celtic still won one of those matches. On the other hand, Celtic dominated the perennial runners up on their own patch in September.
In general though, the treble-treble, 8-in-a-row champions, have outperformed ‘Rangers’ both domestically and on the European scene. The Celts topped a tougher Europa League group and currently sit ten points ahead in the league table. Player for player, the valuations of each squad don’t compare and arguably the best eleven from each side looks like this…
‘Rangers’ – team that beat Celtic on 29 December 2019, with Arfield replacing Kamara
Tavenir Goldson Katic Barisic
Arfield Davis Jack
Kent Morelos Aribo
Celtic – team that beat Lazio away on 7 November 2019, with Taylor replacing Hayes
ElHamed Jullien Ajer Taylor
Forrest Christie Elyounoussi
We’ll leave it up to your judgement as to which, if any ‘Rangers’ players would get into the Celtic team.
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