By Doug Ward

15th May, 2021 | 9:50am

Chris Sutton makes Rangers admission that leaves Ally McCoist in stitches

Chris Sutton admitted that even though he doesn’t like Rangers, he cannot help but be impressed by what the Gers have achieved this season.

Steven Gerrard’s men are one match away from lifting the Premiership trophy at Ibrox and could also conclude an unbeaten league campaign if they avoid a loss against Aberdeen on Saturday.

Not only that but the Gers could also break the record for the fewest goals ever conceded in a British league season if they don’t concede more than once to the Dons.

Ex-Celtic forward Sutton may have taken any chance he could get to take a swipe at Rangers in recent years but he admitted he has been full of respect for what they’ve done this season.

Speaking on BT Sport 1’s Scottish Football Extra on Friday night, Sutton said: “Ally [McCoist] touched on the start of the season, the pressure on Steven Gerrard and his team the way they’ve stepped up.

“They’ve had that foundation at the back, [Connor] Goldson’s been a real leader, he’s really grown in a Rangers jersey.

“[James] Tavernier has been outstanding as captain and then as the season has gone on, it’s really clicked.

“They’ve had that threat. They’ve had injuries at times, Ryan Jack has been out for a while. He’s arguably the best midfield player in Scotland on his day so they’ve had to cope with injuries and other issues this season but they’ve got over the line and done it well.

“I know I’m a former Celtic player and couldn’t stand Rangers when I played up there – I don’t really have a soft spot for them now. But what I would say is they’ve been an excellent team and I really respect what they’ve done this season.”

The footage then cut to McCoist in absolute fits of laughter at Sutton’s admission.

Fair play, Sutton

He might have had to do it through gritted teeth and he might be greeting about it later but we have to commend Sutton for that.

While we all know that he rarely ever has a nice word to say about Rangers, at the end of the day, he is a former Celtic player and he’s always going to antagonise us for their benefit.

But when it really comes to it, he’s not so stupid to say that the Gers weren’t the best team this season or anything like that and he hasn’t really talked down our title-winning season – although he might think it’s more down to how bad Celtic are than how good we are.

Still, fair play to Sutton for that because it couldn’t have been easy.

As for McCoist, we love that reaction. It was probably the reaction of most Rangers fans who watched as Sutton bowed down and accepted we are the kings of Scotland on the eve of our coronation in Glasgow this weekend.

In other Rangers news, the Gers have superbly trolled Celtic with an email sent to fans about Dubai.