By Doug Ward

20th Jan, 2021 | 12:18pm

Tam Cowan rubbishes Rangers-Celtic claim by Scott Brown

Daily Record columnist Tam Cowan has rubbished Scott Brown’s claim that Celtic are still in the race to beat Rangers to the Premiership title.

Speaking ahead of Celtic’s clash with Livingston on Wednesday night, Bhoys captain Brown insisted that they still believe they can win the title this term, despite being 21 points behind Steven Gerrard’s Gers.

However, with such a huge gap between the two Old Firm rivals, Motherwell-mad journalist Cowen failed to agree.

Speaking on PLZ Soccer’s The Football Show on Tuesday, Cowan said: “You’re looking at a huge, huge swing for it to go the other way,”

“Rangers, watching their performance at Fir Park against Motherwell, there was absolutely no way that when Motherwell scored I thought, ‘great, that’s three points in the bag’. Rangers absolutely murdered us in that second half.

“They looked dangerous all the time and I was actually very, very happy to take a point, take a 1-1 draw and take us off the foot of the table.

“Rangers have been on an incredible run and it’s hard to imagine them losing four games, which is precisely what they’ll need to do in order for Celtic to topple them. And that, of course, is if Celtic win all of their games.

“And the bottom line is, when they came back from Dubai, they were a few men down. That’s their own fault, of course. But, even still, two draws against Hibs and Livingston at home. Is there a Celtic fan out there who can see them getting a run of victories and catching victories? It’s a tall, tall order.”

Celtic don’t have a hope

They can talk as much as they want across Glasgow, it’s just not happening for them.

Even if we do slip up and lose a bunch of games between now and the end of the season, do you really see that sorry state of a football club earning enough points to close up the gap?

Since they’ve returned from Dubai, they’ve failed to win in two Premiership matches and allowed us to continue opening up the gap at the top of the table without playing that well.

Sure, the performance at Motherwell wasn’t the best but we’ve had little stints like this throughout the season and yet remain unbeaten in the league and unbeaten in Europe.

Brown and the rest of his buddies at Celtic Park can say whatever they want about the title now. They won’t say it’s over until it mathematically says so.

But it is funny to hear these empty words coming out of the man who’s supposed to inspire them, lead the team and actually be any good on the pitch.

In other Rangers news, this BBC Sportscene pundit was raving about this “fantastic” Ibrox ace after the draw at Motherwell.