Former Celt Claims Rangers Are Better ‘1 To 11’

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:

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

Brown McGregor

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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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic as a young child during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. At the age of 19, I published my first Celtic book (Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support). Then, last year, I published my second book (Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events), which is sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores.

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