Ibrox View: Leckie wrong with claim about Rangers & Celtic after weekend results
Bill Leckie has said that the quality of Celtic is starting to show after they beat Aberdeen 4-0 on Sunday.
By contrast, Rangers had to dig in for a 2-1 win after going behind at Ibrox, with Filip Helander scoring the winning goal in the 81st minute.
It means the two sides are neck-and-neck at the top of the Premiership with 25 points after 10 games.
Writing in the Scottish Sun, Leckie said, “After a 6-0 romp over Ross County followed by Thursday’s 2-1 Europa League win against Lazio, this put the lid on a dream week for boss Neil Lennon and his players.
“But Steven Gerrard saw his men manage to dig in for a nervy win. It keeps Gers neck and neck with Celtic on points. But you can’t help feeling the gap in quality is beginning to show.”
You’d think that a journalist as experienced as Leckie wouldn’t fall foul of recency bias but that seems to be what’s happening here.
Rangers dropped points against Hearts last week but followed that up with a brilliant 1-1 draw away at Porto. They did make hard work of Motherwell but they got the win and they’re a full seven points better off than they were after 10 games last season.
Rangers beat Aberdeen 5-0 at the end of September when they went on a run of three consecutive wins in the Premiership where they scored 14 goals without reply.
In that period, Celtic drew 1-1 with Hibs and lost 2-0 to Livingston. You didn’t hear Leckie say then that the quality of Rangers was starting to show.
Rangers have been transformed under Steven Gerrard and the battle for the title is likely going to go all the way down to the wire.
Rangers don’t have the luxury of Champions League money but they have the best manager and forwards in the league.
Aberdeen have been woeful this season and both Rangers and Celtic have punished them. Celtic’s win says more about Aberdeen than it does about Neil Lennon’s men.
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