Noel Whelan insists that Celtic have got the “bouncebackability” to come back from Saturday’s derby defeat to Rangers.
The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits that the Gers now have a mental advantage in the Premiership title race but that Neil Lennon’s men will recover.
A double from Connor Goldson secured a 2-0 win for Light Blues at Celtic Park and sent them four points clear at the top of the table.
Rangers also came out on top at Parkhead last season but the Bhoys ended the campaign 13 points ahead of their Glasgow counterparts.
Whelan has urged Celtic to stay focused and use their experience of winning titles to get back to winning ways in a message that will delight Hoops fans licking their wounds this evening.
“Celtic have got that bouncebackability, they always have had that have Celtic,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“Neil Lennon wouldn’t have been looking to bring that into play though, that bouncebackability.
“Psychologically, this is the biggest achievement you’re going to get as Rangers. It’s not going to determine where the title’s going to go, this early in the season, but what it will do is give you that edge.”
Saturday’s defeat was just the second time this season that Celtic have failed to win in their opening 10 league games, with a 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock the only other occasion they have dropped points.
They will look to bounce back with a Europa League clash with Italian giants AC Milan on Thursday evening.
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