By Amir Mir
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has agreed with Chris Sutton that the “drums were being banged” at the start of the season by Rangers.
The duo were referring to the Gers’ “lack of challenge” in the title race, with Sutton stating that a lot of “big statements” were being made.
Rodgers, who moved to Parkhead last summer, believes their Old Firm rivals were making “good progression” under their previous boss Mark Warburton.
The Englishmen, who helped Rangers to promotion, struggled in the top tier as Celtic went on to steamroll the league and clinch the Scottish Premiership title by April.
Sutton delivered a damning verdict of the Gers’ title challenge as Rodgers issued this response to his comments.
“Rangers had made a good progression under Mark [Warburton],” Rodgers told BT Sport.
“They had won the Championship, they got to the final of the Scottish Cup, they had a way of playing, an identity and that got them promoted.
“Like you say, the drums were being banged, very, very loudly at the beginning of the season that they were going to be either win the title or be the biggest challengers.”
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— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 12, 2017
At this moment in time, Rodgers team are 36 points ahead of third-placed Rangers, who have been beaten to the runners-up spot to Aberdeen.
Celtic are three points away from hitting the 100 point mark as they will be aiming to finish the season unbeaten.
Added to that, they have inflicted five defeats out of six matches on their Old Firm rivals, including two 5-1 wins.
Two full-time managers have stood in the dugout at Ibrox, with Pedro Caixinha replacing Warburton in March.
Warburton left his post in February and has since joined Nottingham Forest where he has helped them survive relegation in the Championship.
On the other hand, Caixinha has won four out of his eight matches but has suffered two costly defeat against Celtic.