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Souness details Rangers regret as former Celtic man Keane refuses to congratulate Ibrox side

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Souness details Rangers regret as former Celtic man Keane refuses to congratulate Ibrox side

Roy Keane may not have been a Celtic player long enough to be considered a club legend, but there’s no mistaking which of the Glasgow clubs he would rather have seen lift this season’s Premiership trophy.

The Irishman was clearly disappointed to see his former side denied a historic tenth successive league title, but the man on his right in the Sky Sports studio this afternoon was sporting an altogether sunnier disposition.

Graeme Souness achieved legendary status as both a player and manager at Ibrox, winning one titles as player-manager before hanging up his boots, after which he won the first two titles of what became Rangers’ famous nine-in-a-row.

After the current crop of Celtic players failed to go one better, Souness was full of praise for his fellow Liverpool and Rangers legend Steven Gerrard.

He said: “It’s been a long time coming. Celtic have had a period of domination which was uncomfortable for us Rangers supporters.

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“Thoroughly deserve it. They’ve been fantastic all season, and I just wish I was in Glasgow right now. There’s part of me wishes that Celtic had won today so Rangers had to go to Parkhead – they’re there next week – them being the in-form team and winning it there, which would have compounded Celtic’s problems.

 

“But I’ll take that today.”

Turning his attention to Gerrard, he added: “Fantastic. He’s worked away quietly, this is his third year. Nothing was going to happen overnight for him, simply because of where Rangers had been, so it’s been a slow burn.

“He’s got them back and now they’re reaping the rewards of all the hard work that him and his staff have put in, and the players have put in.

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“And I’m delighted for everybody who is connected with Rangers Football Club. And I have to throw in my old pal as well, Walter Smith. I see him occasionally, and I say Walter – celebrate tonight.”

Keane was in a somewhat less jubilant mood.

Asked by host David Jones if he had “any words of celebration for Rangers”, the man who made 13 appearances in the hoops replied: “Eh, for Rangers? No. Listen, it’s been obviously a tough year for Celtic, but they’ll bounce back next year like all great clubs do.”

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