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John Hartson gives honest verdict on title race between Celtic and Rangers

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John Hartson gives honest verdict on title race between Celtic and Rangers

The former striker thinks Steven Gerrard should offer Neil Lennon a handshake and concede the title.

Former Celtic hero John Hartson has made an astonishing claim to BBC Sport that Rangers should simply concede the title to their Old Firm rivals, given the nature of their Scottish Premiership lead.

The Hoops are 13 points clear of Steven Gerrard’s team, although the Light Blues have played a game more than their fierce rivals.

Rangers also have to play Celtic twice and if they were to win both of those and their game in hand the lead would be cut down to four points.

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Hartson shares a cynical belief though, stating that Gerrard should simply offer Neil Lennon a handshake and admit defeat.

He told BBC Sport: “I think they would come out of it with huge respect and gratitude.


“Rangers would come away with an awful lot of credit if they were to say ‘you have been worthy champions, you have a massive lead’.

“I can honestly say I’d be saying exactly the same if Rangers had the lead. Celtic have got to probably lose five of their last eight games to be overtaken. Let’s be realistic, that isn’t going to happen.”

If Celtic do win the title this season it’ll be the ninth in succession and Rangers will desperately want to stop them making it 10 next season.

Gerrard has seen his team tail off badly since the return from the winter break and that has all but ended their chances of silverware for this season.


The former Liverpool midfielder showed immense character during his playing days and he’ll need a similar mindset next season to try and end Celtic’s dominance.

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Hartson is wide of the mark with these comments though. Rangers offered Celtic a concession would be madness and quite simply won’t happen.

If the authorities decide to hand them the title given their lead, fair enough, but Rangers and Gerrard won’t be offering them a handshake any time soon.

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