Celtic-mad Alan Brazil left Ally McCoist dumbfounded on talkSPORT this morning when he declared the title race over before Christmas and praised Steven Gerrard for the job he’s doing at Rangers.

It started on the Breakfast show (talkSPORT, Thursday, 6am) when McCoist asked Brazil if he’d seen the last Celtic game – a 1-1 draw against St Johnstone last Sunday.

“I watched a few minutes, it’s bad news,” said Brazil. “The league’s over.”

McCoist replied saying, “But it’s not even Christmas…”

“I don’t care,” said Brazil. “There’s no confidence, no togetherness, there are banners outside Parkhead.

“I don’t know how it’s happened, I just don’t understand. It’s what happened the last time that they went for 10-in-a-row.

“You know what? I’d like to give Steven Gerrard a bit of acclaim.”

“You what?” said McCoist dumbfounded.

“I said last season he was starting to put it together,” Brazil said. “They were coming and that’s maybe where Celtic need to look at themselves.”

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Is this the turning point?

McCoist was obviously taken aback at what Brazil said.

Celtic-mad Brazil conceding the title and praising the Rangers manager before Christmas is a pretty incredible turn of events.

Given what happened last season it’s almost impossible to believe the depths that Celtic have sunk to, while you have to praise the Gers.

Unbeaten in all competitions, top of the league, through to the knockout stage of the Europa.

And, if Rangers beat Lech Poznan tonight, they’ll top the group in front of European powerhouse Benfica and get themselves an easier draw for next year.

The round of 32 draw takes place on Monday and the 12 group winners will be seeded alongside four Champions League teams.

No team can be drawn against another side from their domestic league but if Rangers don’t top their group then they could conceivably get drawn against Man United.

That would be a mouth-watering tie but Rangers fans might prefer to save it until nearer the final.

In other Rangers news, ‘What a talent’: McCoist drools over ‘fantastic’ player who is closing in on ‘perfect’ Gers move

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