By Jason Jones

30th Apr, 2020 | 12:08pm

Celtic big name aims gloating jibe at 'ridiculous' Rangers

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has claimed that Rangers were lucky to escape with a 5-1 defeat when the two Old Firm clubs met at Ibrox in 2017. 

The Gers were soundly beaten by their neighbours under Pedro Caixinha, with Kenny Miller scoring the consolation in an other wise miserable afternoon.

But Griffiths, who netted his side’s second that day, believes that the Light Blues were fortunate to concede only five.

Speaking to the Celtic View podcast, he said: “At Ibrox, I think the 5-1 scoreline was flattering for them, because the amount of chances we missed in the first half was ridiculous.

“It could have been five at half-time.

“But to go to your rivals on their own back yard and beat them 5-1, as easily as we did, I think that was a day for the fans that they’ll never forget.”

Does Griffiths have a point here?

Look, there’s no point beating around the bush, a 5-1 defeat to your bitterest rivals – regardless of the circumstances – is never acceptable.

That being said, it was three years ago, and this is now a vastly improved Rangers side.

We may still be trailing the Bhoys in the title race, but we are long way past the days of Caixinha’s time in the dugout, when we registered just one shot on target at Ibrox in one of the biggest games of the season, as per the BBC.

When we beat Celtic 2-1 at Parkhead back in December, we had more shots than the hosts, with five of them hitting the target, as per the BBC.

Based on the evidence of the second half of this season, there is still a long way to go before we can properly topple the Hoops at the summit of the Scottish game, but it’s important to recognise that we are moving in the right direction.

In other Rangers news, Gers legend Ally McCoist identifies ‘bigger problem’ in SPFL title race controversy.