'Average' - Former rival flop takes aim at Celtic, claims standards have slipped
Former Rangers boss Mark Warburton has claimed that Celtic are having an ‘average’ season – even though the Hoops are still on course for a second consecutive domestic treble.
Warburton, who flopped at Ibrox and was recently sacked by Nottingham Forest, believes the Brendan Rodgers’ side are struggling to match the standards they set last season, where they bulldozed their way to a domestic treble and unbeaten league season.
“Celtic had an outstanding season last year, but this season they have dropped many more points. They’ve gone back to having an average season” Warburton said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“Clubs and individuals have these outstanding seasons and it is how they maintain those standards.
“All Celtic have done is regress to the mean and the gap to Rangers is tighter now.”
The Hoops might not be as fluent as they were last season, but they still hold a ten point lead with a game in hand at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, are in the Scottish Cup semi-final and have already retained the Betfred Cup.
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It is likely that most Hoops fans will laugh off Warburton’s comments. While points wise the Hoops might not be as many ahead as they were last season, they are still by far the best team in Scotland, as shown in the recent victories – with 10 men – at Pittodrie and Ibrox. Clubs all eventually ‘regress’ like Warburton claims but if the Hoops manage to clinch a second consecutive domestic treble despite not playing all that well at times it will show that the fighting spirit of the team is unmatched. It will be interesting what the Hoops players ans management make of Warburton’s remarks, they are unlikely to be impressed.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops are reportedly set to offer a new contract to Ryan Christie