By Daniel Feliciano

3rd May, 2022 | 6:30am

Rangers have stronger squad than Celtic despite title race - Tam McManus

Tam McManus says Rangers have got a stronger squad than Celtic and it showed in their 1-1 draw on Sunday, despite the league title heading to Celtic Park.

The light blues came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Parkhead to ensure the title wasn’t lost on the day, but they sit six points behind their fierce rivals with three games to play.

Despite that though, BBC pundit McManus told PLZ Soccer [May 2nd] that Rangers were ‘pummelling’ Celtic during the game and their squad depth meant they were stronger as the game went on.

“I think Rangers have still got a stronger squad,” he said. “Celtic are going to win the league but Rangers have a stronger squad.

“Celtic’s starting XI is probably stronger than Rangers’ and that’s borne out with results in the league.

“But it was the same in the semi-final, Rangers got stronger as the game went on with the subs they were bringing on. Celtic got weaker.

“There’s still plenty of room for improvement in Celtic’s squad. Their strongest XI, their starting team, is still more than a match for Rangers.

“But it was similar to the semi-final, Rangers were getting stronger and bringing better quality on. Celtic were getting worse and held on towards the end.

“Substitutions did influence the game and Celtic just managed to hang on towards the end, because Rangers were pummelling them.

“The last 15, 20 minutes they were going all out to get that winning goal. Celtic just managed to hang on for the draw.”

Foundation

For Rangers it wasn’t enough this season, but they did have a turbulent mid-season and have gone the distance in both the Scottish Cup and Europa League.

That shows the excellent depth that is available, but the switch of manager in mid-season won’t have helped with their title defence and ultimately a blip after the winter break has cost them domestically.

But the games against Celtic have shown that they’re more than capable of competing and beating their rivals and that the gap isn’t nearly as wide as the league table would have you think.

It’s something to build on in the summer ahead of the new season, with plenty of options available to either step up or be moved on to make some extra cash.

The squad will look very different next season with several decisions to be made, but Giovanni van Bronckhorst must ensure it remains as strong as possible.

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