Former Rangers man Andy Halliday has hit back at a Celtic supporter who claimed that Steven Gerrard’s side are not ‘a great team’.
Speaking on Clyde 1’s Superscoreboard, Halliday was forced to defend his old side when one Hoops supporter questioned the merits of Rangers’ form this season, stating: “Rangers are doing well just now, I will give them that. But they are not a great team.”
This comes after Rangers extended their lead at the top of the table to 13 points, with Celtic losing further ground after drawing 1-1 on Sunday at home to St. Johnstone.
Halliday wasn’t so convinced about the remark and responded: “Yeah 25 unbeaten in all competitions, 13 points clear at the top of the table. Qualified through the Europa League group stage with a game to go and not a great team? I’m not sure what Tony is talking about.”
It’s a bold claim from Tony, the Celtic supporter, as the evidence suggests that Rangers are very much a great team at the moment.
Gerrard’s side are yet to taste defeat in the league this season, winning 14 of their 16 league outings so far. What’s more impressive is the fact they have conceded just three goals during that time.
While their defensive record is near on perfect, the Gers are not sacrificing on attacking firepower either. They lead the charts for goals scored this season, hitting the back of the net 45 times so far – 10 more than Celtic.
To further highlight the gulf in class between the two sides, Rangers eased past the Hoops in the most recent derby back in October, winning 2-0 at Celtic Park. As per Wyscout, Celtic had a measly xG of 0.14 that day, compared to Rangers’ 1.26.
It speaks volumes of Rangers’ success this season that they have carried their domestic form into the Europa League, where they are also yet to lose in the group stages as they prepare to advance into the knockout rounds. The same cannot be said for Celtic.
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