By Mike Slater

4th Feb, 2021 | 7:00pm

John Barnes: This is why Celtic have 'folded' as Rangers charge towards 55

John Barnes has claimed that Celtic have “folded” under the pressure from Rangers in the Scottish Premiership this season.

The former Hoops boss believes that the Old Firm rival have found it too easy in recent years, and got too comfortable as they look set to miss out on 10-in-a-row.

Rangers are currently 23 points clear in the Scottish Premiership and could seal title number 55 in the next Old Firm derby.

Speaking to the Daily Record, Barnes admitted that at the first sign of pressure from Rangers and Steven Gerrard, Celtic have folded.

“I always expected Rangers to do well because when you have a hungry manager and some good players the team is going to be competitive, but you don’t expect the top team to fall away like they have,” he said.

“What’s worked against Celtic is that the last nine years have been so easy and comfortable and now that they have faced pressure they’ve folded.”

It is easy to say Celtic have crumbled, but it has been Rangers and the unbelievable form that has forced that upon them.

No one could handle the Bears in this form, and our differing form in the Europa League also proves that with the competition set to restart this month.

Gerrard and Rangers are storming towards 55, and not only that, they could do it as invincibles too – something that Celtic have done too many times despite having no so-called competition in recent years.

We can’t wait to see the look on the faces of everyone involved at Celtic should we eventually get to lift the title at Parkhead – that would be an image that would never disappear.

In other Rangers news, Gary McAllister lauds ‘Excellent’ Bears duo in win v St Johnstone