By Nick Ware

26th Jul, 2021 | 5:10pm

Craig Burley mocks ESPN host about Rangers fans after Sunday win v Real Madrid

Former Celtic midfielder Craig Burley has suggested it would have been a “disaster” had Rangers lost to Real Madrid on Sunday evening.

The 46-capped Scotland international won the league with the Hoops in 1998 and was subsequently awarded the SFWA Footballer of the Year award for his displays during the 1997/98 season.

Burley is now a regular pundit and commentator on ESPN in America, and he couldn’t resist a light-hearted dig at the Gers on the latest edition of ESPN FC [26/07/21].

After host Kay Murray suggested Madrid wouldn’t too be too perturbed by their 2-1 loss at Ibrox, Burley joked: “Oh your social media is going to be good tonight, you’ve slaughtered Scottish football there ‘oh how can Rangers beat Real Madrid, the Scottish champions’.”

Murray replied: “You know what you’re doing, stirring the pot, stirring it.”

Burley added: “If Rangers had lost to Real Madrid that would have been a disaster in my opinion.”

Can’t take the shine off our win

Burley is well-known for his role at ESPN as a wind-up merchant, or a pundit who is hard to please.

Given his Celtic connections, this could be either of the two, but nothing can be taken away from Sunday’s win against the Spanish giants.

We’re further ahead in our pre-season preparations than Carlo Ancelotti’s side, and they were without a number of their best players, but they still selected a team with some star-studded names.

Marcelo, Isco, Luka Jovic, Rodrygo and Martin Odegaard all started for Los Blancos, but Fashion Sakala and Cedric Itten struck past Andriy Lunin to secure the win.

Results mean little in pre-season, with the most important aspects the performance and increasing the fitness level, but a victory over Real Madrid is always likely to instil a bit more belief in the side and shows that the players can more than hold their own against some elite-level talents.

In other Rangers news, this player is to be unveiled at his 21/22 club this week after the Gers inserted a significant clause.