Alan Hutton claims that the Celtic players have got to learn how to deal with the increased pressure from Rangers after their 2-1 defeat on Sunday.
The former Gers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Hoops are not used to being pushed by the opposition and that they have come unstuck as a result.
Speaking after the game, Celtic skipper Scott Brown admitted that he and his teammates need to “figure out how we’re going to play against Rangers” after another poor performance on derby day.
Hutton suggests that the Bhoys captain is trying to get a response out of his teammates but that they will need to learn how to cope with added pressure if they are to be successful.
Speaking of Brown’s comment, Hutton told Football Insider: “I don’t know if he’s trying to send a rocket up his own players to get them spurred on but let’s face it, they have been very poor the last two. The final they were lucky and Sunday I thought they were really poor.
“I think the main problem is that Rangers have never pushed them, over the last X amount of years Celtic’s overran them every single time. Now they’re really getting tested whether it be home or away.
“It’s a change for them, they’ve won a lot of trophies, a lot of titles unchallenged. It’s like a new era dawning, Rangers are coming back into the fold and it’s a lot of pressure on them.”
Rangers’ win leaves them two points behind Celtic at the top of the Premiership table, the Light Blues with a game in hand over Neil Lennon’s men.
The Scottish top flight now has a three-week break between fixtures, both Glasgow sides jetting out to Dubai for warm-weather training.