Jermain Defoe has told The Beautiful Game podcast that he believes Rangers can stop Celtic from reaching 10 in a row ahead of the upcoming 2020-21 campaign – and Chris Sutton has reacted to his claim on Twitter.
Defoe, 37, is entering the final stages of his career and is likely to be heavily involved once again as Steven Gerrard’s men look to pick up some silverware and stop Neil Lennon’s Celtic from reaching the esteemed 10 consecutive titles.
Last season, Rangers were well off the pace. Despite leading the Scottish Premiership title race going into the winter break, their post-Christmas form saw Celtic go 13 points clear – before the global health crisis struck.
Celtic were awarded the title, despite Rangers having a game in hand and two matches against the Hoops. Still a big gap, though, but Defoe reckons his Rangers side can finally topple Celtic.
“Sometimes when I sit and look at the players and the squad we have, there is some unbelievable talent in that dressing room,” Defoe said. “We just need to believe we can do it this year.
“We don’t want to make the same mistakes we made in the second half of the season. I look at the dressing room and I believe we can go all the way and compete in Europe as well.”
Defoe and plenty of other Rangers stars have made similar claims in recent years before Celtic have gone on to achieve domestic success. Rangers begin their season with a trip to Aberdeen on August 1.
Celtic, meanwhile, wait until August 2 before playing host to Hamilton and Celtic icon Sutton – who will be part of Celtic TV this season – has laughed off Defoe’s claim, by saying he has seen this movie before.
Seen this movie before… talk on the pitch… https://t.co/L30KXFOn34
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) July 13, 2020