Jim White has said what some pundits still won’t admit – that Rangers have been “absolutely incredible” this season.
Steven Gerrard’s men moved to within four points of the title this week and could clinch the Premiership this weekend if Celtic drop points.
They’re still unbeaten in the league and in Europe, and face Slavia Prague in the Round of 16 with the first leg playing next week.
However, that’s not enough for pundits like Simon Jordan who claimed that Rangers had only got their success because of Celtic failing.
He said, “I am in the camp that he [Gerrard] has done the job he was brought in to do.
“At the same time, he’s had the added benefit, with due respect, of having a marked decline in Celtic and he’s capitalised on that.” [White & Jordan Show, talkSPORT, Thursday, 10am]
White rightly took issue with this saying, “Rangers victory takes them to just four points from the title. He [Gerrard] has done wonders there.
“They could win it this weekend if they beat St Mirren and Celtic drop points at Dundee United.
“What they have achieved and how they have gone about it this season has been absolutely incredible.
“They remain unbeaten at this late stage in the season, they are winning it by a street and they’re still in the business end of Europe.”
There are many pundits who want to take the gloss over the imminent Premiership win by claiming that Rangers have only done it because of Celtic’s failings.
That’s really doing Rangers and Gerrard a disservice.
Even if you take the Premiership out of the equation – and you should never discount an unbeaten season – what about Europe?
Rangers have done fantastically in the Europa League against much bigger and better sides than Celtic.
Jordan did begrudgingly admit that the European exploits were decent but he could still only bring himself to say, “You have to accept how he’s pitted his wits against bigger clubs from bigger leagues and that’s where he gets the majority of his credit if I’m giving him any.”
Well, don’t force yourself too much, Simon.
The reality is that you can only beat what’s in front of you. And if Jordan thinks that an unbeaten season in the Premiership is easy, he shouldn’t be talking about Scottish football.
Thankfully, Jim White was there to drop the truth bomb and say it how it really is.
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