Celtic TV host Gerry McCulloch found himself in the headlines on Wednesday night after claiming the Scottish Premiership league table was ‘fake news’, despite Rangers’ 16-point lead.
As reported by the Daily Record, McCulloch was speaking during a live broadcast on Celtic’s in-house broadcast for season ticket holders.
Working alongside John Hartson and Stephen McManus, a youth-team coach at Celtic Park, the trio discussed Rangers’ lead at the top of the table.
Despite Hartson praising Rangers just moments before, stating that the Gers had done ‘fantastically well’ this season, McCulloch made the bizarre claim live on air, saying: “Not even that but just to not even look at the league table, because with those games in hand the league table is a bit of fake news just now isn’t it.”
McCulloch’s claim must be in reference to the three games that Celtic have in hand over Rangers, but regardless, the Gers have their points on the board – they have done their job as best they can.
If Celtic were to play those games and win all three before Rangers next played, Steven Gerrard’s men would still boast a seven-point lead.
Should Rangers beat Celtic next month in the second Old Firm of the year, that lead would be 10 points. It is not the sizeable 16-point gap that currently stands, but it remains a commendable gap none the less.
It must be noted that the comments have not exactly gone down well with either set of supporters – with plenty of Celtic fans voicing their disapproval on social media.
Of course, in-house coverage is always naturally going to come with some slight bias – no club around the world would be any different.
However, to simply not acknowledge the legitimate lead that Rangers have built up through a brilliant unbeaten run is simply astonishing on McCulloch’s part.
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