By Saikat Mandal

23rd Apr, 2022 | 10:30am

Chris Sutton takes swipe at Rangers amid title collapse talks

Chris Sutton has aimed a brutal dig at Rangers by saying if Celtic win the title it will be the “biggest collapse” ever for the Gers.

The Bhoys are leading the Scottish premiership table by six points ahead of Rangers along with a huge goal difference.

There have been suggestions that Celtic could collapse after the Bears won the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden which has reignited their title hopes.

However, Sutton is not buying such theories. Instead, he thinks, it’s been a “huge fall from grace” from the Glasgow giants.

“It might be a bit of mind games or Rangers fans trying to pile on the pressure, but I’ve seen some people suggest if Celtic don’t get over the line in the league it would be one of the biggest collapses ever,” wrote Sutton for The Daily Record.

“To turn a 25 point deficit last season into a title win this year would be a monumental achievement for Celtic – and a huge fall from grace from Rangers when they were in a position to kick on from their success. 

“Celtic were so bad last year it looked like it might take four or five transfer windows to sort out the mess, yet look where they are now.

“We can argue about collapses at the end of the season though. There is a heck of a lot of work to be done.

“Don’t get me wrong, Celtic are in a strong position. Six points ahead with a huge goal difference with five games to go is a major advantage.”

Exaggeration

Sutton and hyperbole, go hand in hand, and it’s evident once again.

Fall from grace is a huge statement, which certainly doesn’t apply to the Gers. 

Yes, they’ve had problems, and they should have done a lot better in the league. They have wasted their chances despite enjoying a healthy lead for a big part of the season. 

The credit should go to Celtic for closing the gap and successfully tackling the challenges this season. If they win the title, it’s a fantastic achievement for them. 

However, that doesn’t go to show that Rangers have dropped off the high standards they had set for themselves. 

Their performance in the Europa League is a testament to how good they are. Beating teams like Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade and Braga and no mean feat, and reaching the semi-finals of a European competition certainly doesn’t back up Sutton’s verdict. 

Losing the title would be a big disappointment, but if the Gers can win the Scottish Cup and possibly the Europa League, it would only show the club is heading in the right direction under Giovanni van Bronckhorst. 

In other Rangers news. this journalist has backed van Bronckhorst to reshape the squad over the summer.