Sport Celtic fan in painful Rangers confession as punters reach unlikely agreement on the Hotline
Verdict: Rangers expose Celtic's familiar flaws to close in on Scottish Cup glory
The transfer of power is complete. In a Scottish Cup fifth round tie which effectively summed up the whole season for both Old Firm clubs, Rangers followed up their dethroning of Celtic as Premiership champions by condemning their great rivals to a first trophy-free campaign for 11 years. © Steven Davis opens the scoring for Rangers against Celtic at Ibrox with an acrobatic close range sho... Steven Gerrard’s side weren’t at their absolute best for chunks of the afternoon but they didn’t need to be against opponents undone by familiar vulnerabilities at both ends of the pitch.
Old Firm fans rarely see eye to eye but after Sunday’s final showdown of the season both halves of Glasgow seem to have reached agreement.
are top dogs in Scotland and have an almighty job on their hands getting back in the fight.
Hoops interim bossand outgoing captain blamed ref Nick Walsh for Callum McGregor’s first half red card.
But the excuse didn’t wash with either set of supporters.
Gordon Ferguson, Kilwinning, said: “Kennedy and Brown are pointing the finger at rookie ref Nick Walsh, but it was Celtic who played like rookies with McGregor’s stupid challenge and Ajer bottling a shot in his direction.
Celtic 0-2 Rangers: Another derby win puts Gerrard's men four points clear
Another Old Firm derby win put Rangers four points clear of fierce rivals Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.Defender Goldson struck in the ninth minute and added another after the break on Saturday as Steven Gerrard's men made it two straight away league wins over Celtic for the first time in 23 years.
“I know where I would be pointing the finger of blame and it’s not at the ref. Take some responsibility for another dire performance Celtic.”
James Forsyth, Bellshill, said: “It’s easy to blame the ref but I remember when 10 men won the league in 1979.
“Truth is Celtic weren’t good enough.”
Eddie Easson, Ballingry, said: “A season that promised so much for Celtic has ended in disaster. Losing our iconic captain, surrendering our title with no fight. Still waiting for the promised review.
“A good man in John Kennedy left to take the flak by the gutless players and the board.”
John Scott, Grassmoor, said: “The first thing I was taught when I started work 45 years ago was never blame your tools. Ref Nick Walsh deserves credit for his handling of his first Old Firm game, not blamed by others for their own deficiencies.
Scott Wight, Jack Simpson, a first for 21 years - plenty of Celtc questions for Rangers boss Steven Gerrard
When Rangers and Celtic meet for the final time this season on Sunday, it will be in circumstances which hardly merit a high noon description. © Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is still eyeing the possibility of an unbeaten top flight league camp... Yet if the outcome will determine nothing of real substance, there should still be no lack of motivation in both camps for the midday kick-off at Ibrox.
“Celtic enjoyed revelling in their Invincibles label. Now they need to show a bit of class and humility.”
John Bruce emailed: “Celtic fans will be trotting out the same old excuses today for their team’s demolition at Ibrox on Sunday, the referee, Covid, no fans, etc., etc.
“But they need look no further than their own players. The better, fitter side, the team with the most desire, won the game.”
Celtic are facing a mammoth rebuilding mission and Stephen Johnstone, Ardentinny, said: “The roof has crashed in on Celtic it’s going to take more than a new chief executive to rebuild this shambolic mess he inherited from Peter Lawwell.”
Scott Gowers, Edinburgh, said: “Selling players now for peanuts won’t close the gap as Celtic need major investment on players which quite simply isn’t there.
“Rangers will more than likely be dominant for many years to come.”
Chris Lowe, Yoker, said: “How Celtic fans must wish last year's title was won on the park and not by a zoom call, the Frauduple Treble will forever have an asterisk against it as only eight were won legitimately.
Celtic should be embarrassed at 30 point swing three years after Parkhead pummelling they gave Rangers says Murdo MacLeod
MacLeod says Rangers' 20-point advantage on the third anniversary of five-goal Hoops hammering shows an incredible Old Firm power shift and Celtic's catastrophic campaign.Fresh from a four-goal Scottish Cup destruction just two weeks earlier, five goals without reply proved to be the nadir for the Ibrox club as Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic side cruised through the gears and racked up a seventh straight title.
“Rangers have shown this season that anything is possible when the game is played on a park.”
Colin Hall, Carrickfergus, said: “Brown sat in the stands on Sunday looking almost relieved that he had been hooked from the onslaught of a rampant Rangers.
“They tore Celtic apart and Kennedy’s tactics made him seem as if he didn’t know whether the ball was blown up or stuffed.”
Celtic fans are now at the acceptance stage of grief.
Dominic Paul, Paisley, said: “Having spent a number of years taunting my Rangers-supporting pals it may be time for me to admit the truth.
“Rangers are fully deserving of their title win. They are the best team in Scotland and have a togetherness that Celtic are severely lacking.
“They appear better organised from boardroom to boot-room and shockingly my own club is now playing catch-up. My fellow Celtic supporters and I need to face reality and accept a portion of humble pie.”
Bill Waugh, Glasgow, said: “That summed up the season. Useless on the park, leaderless off the park. Get your act together Celtic because we won’t take more of this dross.”
But Robert McEwan, Mount Vernon, said: “It’s been a season to forget, but the journey has been incredible. Nine in a Row, quadruple Treble, it’s a shame the way it ended but we will be back.”
I hope Eddie Howe to Celtic is already done or he might have second thoughts after Rangers shocker - Chris Sutton .
Chris fears the sheer scale of the rebuild required at Parkhead may just be dawning on all involved.Otherwise he might be having second thoughts after watching another embarrassment against Rangers.