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19th Apr, 2017 | 10:05am

Alex McLeish: This Rangers team would beat the current Celtic side

By Harvey Byrne

Former manager Alex McLeish believes that his Rangers treble-winning side would beat the current Celtic team.

The Hoops have dominated Scottish football this season as they sit 24 points clear at the top of the Premiership table after seeing out their 33 league matches unbeaten.

However, McLeish still claims that his Gers team which completed the treble in 2003 would be able to beat Brendan Rodgers’ men.

The Ibrox giants were only able to win the Scottish Premiership on goal difference 14 years a go with both Rangers and Celtic finishing on 97 points and Rodgers’ men could top that point total as they sit on 91 points with five matches left, but McLeish still believes his Gers team was stronger.

“I read Johan Mjallby’s comments on Tuesday and I’d have to agree with him. Martin O’Neill’s team was full of experienced men,” said McLeish, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

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“I don’t believe this current Celtic team would beat Martin’s team.

“Would they beat my treble-winning team? Of course not.”

Rangers had the likes of Mikel Arteta, Barry Ferguson, Ronald de Boer and Peter Lovenkrands under McLeish as they won the Premiership, Scottish Cup and League Cup.

However, they were unsuccessful in Europe after losing to away goals against Viktoria Zizkov in the UEFA Cup first round.

Meanwhile, Celtic contain current stars Moussa Dembele, Scott Sincliar and Scott Brown and while they have largely struggled in Europe also, they were playing in the Champions League group stage.

In other Rangers news, Andy Walker has blasted the SFA as Celtic look to take advantage ahead of the weekend Gers clash.

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