Barnes dismisses Rangers
Ex-Celtic manager John Barnes believes bitter rivals Rangers are ‘three to four years away’ from challenging Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.
Barnes was at the helm for a matter of months in the 1999-2000 season.
He was sacked in February after a defeat to Inverness in the Scottish Cup, and is widely acknowledged as one of the worst managers the club have ever hard.
He believes his former club are still streets ahead of Rangers.
He told BeIn Sports: “It’s sink or swim. It’s an unforgiving environment. When I went up there, Celtic were much closer to Rangers; they were Champions and had much more money. But the demands to win were far greater.
“Rangers fans understand that it may be three or four years before they have the financial clout to challenge Celtic. Rangers is equally as big a club as Celtic. In terms of the players and the salaries, Celtic are streets ahead.”
Rangers are already improving all the time under Steven Gerrard, but undoubtedly have a way to go to rival Brendan Rodgers’ Treble-Treble winners.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton wanted to sign Kieran Tierney this summer.
The Toffees baulked at the full-back’s valuation though and instead went and signed Lucas Digne from Barcelona for £18 million.
It was a firm stance from Celtic, who know Tierney could fetch them a huge transfer fee from a big club in a few years.
The Scotland international is hot property and is arguably already good enough for a top European side.
Brendan Rodgers has delivered a warning to striker Leigh Griffiths.
The Irishman has implored the striker to knuckle down and give his all following his signing of a new deal last week.
Rodgers said, as quoted by The Evening Times: “With the big clubs you’re always going to be challenged. You can never think you are the number one striker. No, you always have to think you’re being pushed and challenged.
“What he has to keep doing is keep working, keep fighting, so those opportunities come. That he’s fit and ready to take them.
“I think he’s great to have in our squad, that’s why we wanted to give him another deal.”
Griffiths recently hit his 100th goal for the club, but is reported to have had a ‘sloppy’ approach to training in recent times.