Charlie Nicholas delivers Old Firm verdict after Celtic 5-1 win, Rangers fans will fume
By Will Butcher
Charlie Nicholas has questioned whether the Old Firm clash between Celtic and Rangers should be called a derby anymore, as the result is a foregone conclusion.
Celtic earned their fifth win of the season against bitter rivals Rangers on Saturday with a huge 5-1 win at Ibrox, in what was the two sides’ sixth meeting of the season.
Former Celtic star Nicholas claimed on Sky Sports that the gulf in class is “gigantic” and believes the best two sides in Scotland are currently set to do battle in the Scottish Cup final.
Nicholas, who also had spells with Arsenal and Aberdeen, believes the match is no longer a derby because it is easy to predict that Celtic will earn all three points.
“After Ronny Deila left, all of a sudden Celtic got a magnificent managerial performance, and he’s transformed this side into a team that are very good to watch and very exciting,” Nicholas said.
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“In all honesty, do we call it a Glasgow derby anymore? Or do we just say it is three points for Celtic.
“The gulf between these two teams is absolutely gigantic. The best two sides in the country are in the Scottish Cup final at the end of the month [Aberdeen and Celtic].”
Brendan Rodgers’ side currently sit at the top of the Scottish Premiership and on course for the treble after already securing the league cup and the league title.
Former Liverpool boss Rodgers has seen his side knock the Gers out of the league cup, before winning 2-0 in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park last month.
Pedro Caixinha’s side are currently 36 points behind their rivals in the league and are likely to need major investment in the summer if they are to reduce that huge gap between the two sides.
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