By Mike Slater

30th Aug, 2021 | 8:10am

Chris Sutton launches fresh attack on Rangers after Old Firm victory

Chris Sutton has launched another Rangers attack after the huge 1-0 win over Celtic on Sunday afternoon.

The bitter pundit insisted that talks of the Bears being weakened were “nonsense” and that his former side were more handicapped.

The Light Blues were missing Steven Gerrard from the touchline, and their captain James Tavernier to mention a couple of massive names.

Writing in his Daily Record column, the bitterness was easy to see after yet another Old Firm ended in defeat.

“Has the gap been closed on Rangers? It’s too early to say, but we do know it was no mismatch at Ibrox,” he wrote.

“Don’t buy any nonsense about this being a weakened Rangers team. They’d an issue at right-back but still had an international player to bring in.

“You could argue Celtic had a harder time of it with absences with James Forrest and Greg Taylor missing.

“Credit to Rangers for stepping up to apply the pressure in the second half and you can tell they are a strong, well-drilled side.”

Is he being serious?

So, we’ve covered Gerrard and Tavernier missing, but that was just the tip.

What about Robbie McCrorie making his senior league debut for the club on the biggest stage after Allan McGregor and John McLaughlin were ruled out?

Add to that Nathan Patterson and you have a central defender in Leon Balogun forced to start at right-back where he has struggled in the past.

The Nigerian was phenomenal yesterday, and Sutton was probably bitter watching a solid defensive display, something that Celtic’s back four have struggled with in the past two years.

It must be hard for Sutton though, imagine thinking the tides have turned only to be once again turned over by your fierce rivals, it was brilliant to watch.

Don’t worry, we’ll be at full strength next time – no excuses.

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