By Matt Farr
Ex-Celtic favourite Simon Donnelly does not believe a single Rangers player would get in the current Parkhead team.
Celtic have cruised to a sixth consecutive Scottish Premiership title with plenty games to spare, leaving their Old Firm rivals trailing by 26 points in third place.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have emphatically pressed home their dominance this season, and former Celtic star believes the difference in quality is so pronounced that not a single Rangers player would command a place in their line up.
Donnelly even struggled to make a case for Rangers veteran Kenny Miller, who has been the standout performer at Ibrox this season with 11 goals from 40 appearances in all competitions.
Speaking to the Daily Record, he gave a damning verdict of the current Rangers squad, saying: “There is not a single Rangers player I could pick who would get into the Celtic team.
“Kenny Miller, at 37, has been their best player but you wouldn’t drop Moussa Dembele for him.
“Full credit to Kenny though – any time I’ve watched Rangers he has been the one who has tried to take the game by the scruff of the neck and popped up with a goal when it mattered most.”
Donnelly is not the first, however, to criticise the lack of quality within the Rangers squad.
Former Rangers boss Mark Warburton, who was dismissed from his post in February, was widely panned for making a number of ill-judged decisions in the transfer market.
A large number of his signings have flopped at Ibrox – including Joey Barton, who has since quit the club – and current chief Pedro Caixinha is having to pick up the pieces until he can put his own stamp on the squad in the summer.
At Celtic, meanwhile, Rodgers has developed a number of the club’s young stars into exciting future prospects, including Kieran Tierney and Stuart Armstrong.
The duo are almost certain to make a splash on the Premier League and European stage in the coming years, while Rodgers has also worked wonders out of summer signing Moussa Dembele.
Dembele, 20, joined the club in the summer for just £500,000 worth of compensation, and has since run riot with 32 goals from 47 appearances.
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