Kris Boyd shares 'huge' issue Rangers must fix to beat Celtic to title
Kris Boyd has admitted that the Old Firm games between Rangers and Celtic is what cost his former side the title in 2021/22.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side missed out on retaining the title by four points to their bitter Glaswegian rivals.
If the Light Blues have any hope of turning their domestic fortunes around in 2022/23, they must d better in the “crucial” Old Firm derbies.
He told Sky Sports: “I think they are getting bigger and bigger with every passing year,” he said.
“Rangers only lost three games last season, two of them were to Celtic – and I think that turned the title in Celtic’s favour.
“I think every one of those games is hugely important, particularly given the fact that Celtic didn’t drop many points at Celtic Park – they certainly didn’t lose a game there. Those Celtic-Rangers games are proving to be more and more crucial.”
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Boyd added: “For 10 years, Celtic ran away with the league, then Rangers ran away with it two years ago and Celtic and Rangers pushed each other last year and Celtic came out on top – and that’s the way it should be.
“They are two fantastic football clubs, huge football clubs and they should be pushing each other all the way. I’m looking forward to it already.”
Missing out on the title was a lot easier to deal with given the Bears’ amazing Europa League run as well as them lifting the Scottish Cup to round off the season.
Of course, missing out to Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties was agonising and winning that game would have seen the supporters not care about the league one bit but there is certainly a bitter taste in the Light Blues fans’ mouths.
The fact is, Celtic won a major trophy and van Bronckhorst’s side did not – ultimately that is what you are measured on.
The Gers will have their sights firmly set on redemption ahead of next season but it won’t be easy.
The Hoops finished the season very strongly last season and if the Ibrox outfit have any chance of closing the gap – they must make some serious moves in the transfer market.
They won’t need any added motivation after the embarrassing head-to-head record last season.
In other Rangers news, a Sky journalist has predicted a big-name player to be done at Rangers after his Instagram post.