Celtic blew up the Rangers and there is no asterisk next to nine in a row – Chris Sutton – Chris Sutton


Neil Lennon and Celtic did not get the title. They won it themselves on the field.

Anyone who thinks differently about this point doesn’t know much about football or chooses to ignore the truth.

Celtic have won 26 of 30 league games. If they had been able to finish the season, chances are they would have extended their lead to around 20 points, not to mention being sacked and caught by a fallen Ranger team.

These are the facts. Contrary comments only grow. An asterisk? Don’t be so disrespectful to Lennon or downright silly.

The Parkhead boss returned from Dubai under extreme pressure to deliver.


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Lennon and his players were asked a serious question in the title race at this point halfway through, only two points ahead of the Rangers with their rivals having a game in hand.

His response was to regroup the team, tear the system apart and opt for a dynamic 3-5-2 new look configuration and trust his serial winners to do what they do.

The result of these actions provided the answer to the challenge. Twelve national victories and a draw in 13 games.

This two-point lead was extended to a 13-point lead in less than two months thanks to a splendid form at the end of the business season when their rivals couldn’t cope with the heat.

Be honest here. If Lennon had returned from Dubai and rendered the same national results that Steven Gerrard had produced across the city, he would have fought for his work.

If Lennon had lost 13 points in five games against Hearts, Hamilton, Kilmarnock, St Johnstone and Aberdeen to drop 11 behind the Rangers, he probably would not have survived.

But the fact is, no. He built on a solid first half of the season and assured that the destination of the title was beyond doubt.

Lennon’s team was absolutely flying at the time of the Covid-19 shutdown.

If anyone has a reasoned argument about how Celtic was going to collapse and waste such a healthy lead because a flickering Ibrox team also suddenly regained its form and won nine straight games, I’d love to hear it .

I’ve heard many unreasonable ones so far, but nothing logical. I spoke to a few of my former teammates this week and we all agreed on one thing. If I were a Rangers player right now, I would be absolutely furious.

Not in the SPFL clubs or the decision to end the season but the fact that they allowed Celtic to escape. I’m not sure that a season could be null and void after 30 games, whatever the monetary aspects that make it an absolute refusal in any case.

But it would have been much more difficult for anyone to appeal if the Rangers had managed to stay in the race.

Look at Holland. Ajax and AZ were tied for points. It was going to be done on the goal difference. You can understand how unfair it would have been for the losers there. But in France, it was relatively simple. Paris Saint-Germain were 12 points ahead and the whole nation knew they were the best team.

It’s the same situation in Scotland. If the Rangers were still a few points behind, they would have had a solid record.

A decision remains to be made at the top of the Premiership

Instead, they were blown away. They collapsed when Celtic became stronger. Anyone who suggests otherwise is blinded through. Celtic asked a question and they came with the goods. The big players produced great performances when they had to fix the problem, while their closest challengers lost their way.

Europe was a mixed bag. The exit from the Champions League in Cluj was disappointing as it was a team they could really and should have beaten and it was the same with the exit from the Europa League in Copenhagen.

However, between the two, Lennon’s men became the first to win a match in Italy when they dominated an evil group. It was ups and downs.

As for national cup competitions, spotless. Until the Scottish Cup semi-finals, the Betfred Cup had already entered the cabinet for a fourth consecutive term.

After listening to the postscript for the past few months and the rhetoric from Ibrox, I realize that this has been the most one-sided game in Ranger domination since Arbroath defeated Bon Accord 36-0.

There is just one problem with all this talk. The trophy ended up leaving Hampden on the Celtic team bus to return to the party in Parkhead. Cutting cups is winning, right?

The Premiership is bread and butter, however, and Celtic has taken it by storm. Two losses in 30 games are worthy of success, and Lennon’s team was sometimes dynamic at the start and end of the campaign, in particular.

By winning these 26 games out of 30, they scored 89 goals. For context, the last quarter, when they won their eighth consecutive title, they only scored 77. And that was with the extra eight games.

They have proven in the park that they are the best team in Scotland. And nobody gave them their ninth consecutive title. They


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