Gary Caldwell has claimed that Glasgow Rangers have a “possibly even better” first starting XI than rivals Celtic, and thinks the Ibrox side can win both of their next Old Firm derbies, as per BBC Sportsound.
Neil Lennon’s charges have hit the ground running in 2020, winning all nine games so far this calendar year, scoring 29 goals and conceding just four.
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers, meanwhile, went into the winter break just two points behind Celtic – and with a game in hand on the Hoops – after beating their rivals 2-1 at Parkhead.
However, the Light Blues have failed to match the Bhoys’ form since league action resumed, and now they are 10 points adrift of top spot, albeit with a game in hand on Lennon’s side.
Caldwell, formerly of Celtic, nonetheless believes that Rangers’ top team is more than a match for their rivals, and predicts Gerrard’s side to beat Celtic twice more this season, even if perhaps the title might be a bit of a stretch.
“I think 1-11 Rangers are as good, or possibly even better than Celtic,” Caldwell told BBC Sportsound. “They’ve proved the last two games because the cup final they outplayed them but couldn’t get it done and in the league game they outplayed them and won the game at Celtic Park.
“I could actually see them, if they’ve got a fully fit squad, both Old Firm games, I could see them winning them. But I don’t think it’ll still be enough to win them the league because I can see them dropping points at places they would expect to win.”
Caldwell certainly has a point regarding Rangers’ best XI against Celtic’s top XI, considering how well Gerrard’s charges did at Parkhead in the Premiership derby before the break, not to mention their impressive performance in the League Cup final – albeit on the losing side.
However, Caldwell did also admit that he still sees Rangers dropping points at places where they really ought to be winning, which has proven their downfall so far since the end of the winter break, while Celtic have built up a superb run of form.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter which top starting XI is better than the other – what matters is which team lifts the trophies through the entirety of the squad, tactics and so on, and so far, Celtic have claimed one domestic piece of silverware and are in pole position for another.