Former Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew is not convinced that the Hoops are out of the title race just yet, despite their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Rangers last Saturday.
Speaking on the Celtic Huddle podcast, Mulgrew refused to believe that the title race was over after the Old Firm game left the Gers with a 19-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
He said: “I’m still quite optimistic. If Celtic can go on a run and Rangers slip up a few times .. none of them have won anything in that team.
“Rangers have not won anything and I don’t know if they will be able to sustain that.
“When you’re getting chased – no matter how many points ahead – if you lose one you start to double guess yourself a wee bit and the pressure mounts.
“It’s going to be hard. Celtic need a run of wins and hopefully, Rangers slip up a couple of times and we’ll see where Rangers’ bottle is then.”
In the eyes of many, the Old Firm victory last Saturday was the tipping point for the league leaders, who remain unbeaten in the Premiership this season.
Celtic do still have three games in hand over Rangers, but even if they win those, they will remain 10 points behind Steven Gerrard’s side.
Mulgrew clutching at straws
It is quite the claim from Mulgrew and one that does not really add up from a Rangers perspective.
You only have to look at the club’s stunning league form to see just how much they are running away with the league title.
While they remain unbeaten, they have also not conceded a single goal in their last four league outings.
Rangers may not see out the season unbeaten, especially as they continue to push on in the Europa League and compete on multiple fronts – but they would be required to lose at least four league games during the second half of the campaign.
Mulgrew certainly appears to still have his Celtic cap on, but it would be a huge ask from either club to see anything but no.55 for Rangers from this point onwards.