By Alex Stevens
Celtic coach Chris Davies has admitted his surprise at Pedro Caixinha’s boast that Rangers have the strongest squad in Scotland.
Brendan Rodgers’ assistant Davies said the Scottish Premiership table spoke volumes for the gulf between Celtic and all their competitors.
Rodgers’ side are on the verge of securing a sixth consecutive title on the back of a record-breaking campaign in which they have remarkably won 27 of their 29 league matches and have a 25-point lead over second-placed Aberdeen.
When Caixinha was paraded at Ibrox on Monday of last week he claimed that Rangers had the best squad in Scotland, although he subsequently acknowledged that the 33-point gap between the Old Firm clubs indicated otherwise.
Davies was aware of the new Rangers manager’s comment and urged observers to take a look at the league table.
“I was told about that but I didn’t actually see it myself,” he said, as quoted by the Telegraph. “Everyone can have their own opinion on what they think. I think it’s pretty clear for anybody looking at the league, where it’s at.
“We have certainly had an incredible season judging by that comment, but we do our talking on the pitch and we’ll always be that way.”
Caixinha had a memorable first game in charge last weekend, as Rangers demolished Hamilton 4-0 in the Scottish Premiership at Ibrox.
But Celtic are marching on inexorably to not only the title but a Scottish treble and Davies explained there is no focus among coaching staff on claims from Ibrox that there will be money available for Caixinha to beef up the squad in the summer.
“Again, personally we have no interest in what they are doing,” Davies said to the Telegraph. “It’s just ‘how can we get better, can we be the best we can be, can we improve our squad, can we improve our play, can we be even better next year?’ and other teams can do what they want.
“No interest. It’s just about us being the best we can be. The big picture is that we are 35 games unbeaten, which should not be underestimated by anybody in terms of what an achievement that is – 33 wins and two draws. In any league in the world that is a phenomenal season so far.
“We’ll have played 65 odd games by the time this season is finished. Not just physically but mentally, it’s a lot to keep up a winning record.”
In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.