Chris Sutton has delivered a damning verdict on the key difference between Celtic and Rangers on Premier Sports, following Steven Gerrard’s side winning 2-0 at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup on Sunday afternoon.
Veteran Steven Davis rolled back the years with an acrobatic overhead kick after Joe Aribo’s shot looped into the air after a deflection. Aribo was involved in his side’s second, as he danced to the touchline before crossing low.
His cross was deflected into the back of his own net by Celtic defender Jonjoe Kenny, who was under pressure from Ryan Kent. The scoreline remained 2-0 as Rangers kept their hopes of a double alive, after already securing the title.
Sutton spoke after the match after doing comms with Ally McCoist, and he believes the fundamental difference between the Celtic and Rangers sides at the moment is that the Rangers players want to play for their side right now.
“I think the difference is that Rangers have a team with belief and players that actually want to be at the club,” Sutton said. “I question whether there were Celtic players that actually wanted to be out there this afternoon.
“That’s the difference. It is as simple as that. Rangers are in the ascendancy and Celtic have now, got to respond.”
TBR’s view – Dominic McKay has an enormous job on his hands
Of the starting line-up that faced Rangers – who is realistically likely to be at the club next season? Well, there are three categories. Players that want to go, and players that aren’t good enough. The other, are loanees.
Jonjoe Kenny, Diego Laxalt and Mo Elyounoussi are likely to return to Everton, Milan and Southampton. Scott Brown is already going. Then, the ones that are not good enough – Scott Bain is the first name that springs to mind.
The three subs fall under that category, too – Greg Taylor, Albian Ajeti and Leigh Griffiths. Then, the ones that want to go – Kris Ajer, Odsonne Edouard and probably Ryan Christie, leaves Celtic with just three.
Stephen Welsh, David Turnbull and Callum McGregor. That highlights the job McKay has on his hands.