Simon Jordan fights Celtic corner kick as he takes on former Rangers defender Gareth McAuley


Former Crystal Palace president Simon Jordan criticized Gareth McAuley for his “sneaky” comments about Celtic.

The former Rangers defender insisted he had sympathy for Neil Lennon’s team as their ninth consecutive title was awarded before 38 games.

But it didn’t work with Jordan, who countered Jim White’s TalkSPORT show.

He said, “I’m sorry for them (Celtic) because they have to listen to precisely this kind of observation.

“There is no doubt that Celtic would have continued and won the league.

“So what you get is this kind of sneaky backdrop, which is a comment on the empathy you feel towards Celtic for not winning this title in an authentic way.

“We understand they were going to win it, of course, I think there is very little doubt there.

“It’s mean, Neil Lennon was probably quite angry and the Rangers had a chance.

“The argument would be better served if they didn’t come back from the winter break stinking of the place.

“And I wish they kept that push going after the win over Celtic because I want to see a competitive league, I like the rivalry between Celtic and the Rangers and what it brings to Scottish football.

“Celtic would have won this league, so people can compose this story about how it is a hollow victory, it is just a matter of timing.

“And if they want to celebrate, then why shouldn’t they celebrate? “


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McAuley himself appeared on the program and dubbed his original comments, insisting that he felt sorry for likes of Scott Brown.

He said, “As a former player, I know what you need to bring to it.

“The likes of Scott Brown, I think, is a great player, he’s been there forever, he’s Celtic. He is the driving force, he is a winner.

“And it is the winner in him who I think will not be fully satisfied, only because he will always be rejected” Yes, you have won leagues without Rangers “and obviously the league has been cut short. “


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