Celtic legend Roy Aitken has dismissed any talk about the gap being closed between the Old Firm sides this season.

Rangers were hyped-up massively before the recent Old Firm clash at Ibrox but all the talk spurred on a 10 man Hoops side who won 3-2 to all but clinch the league title.

Aitken, who won six league titles in his time with the Hoops, believes that the win at Ibrox shows that the Hoops still have that extra bit of quality over their bitter rivals.

“They’ve handled everything that was thrown at them, even the recent game at Ibrox,” he said to CelticTV, as reported by Inside Futbol.

“It was a big pressure game because everybody was saying that the gap is closed.

“The points gap might be closed, but the gap in quality is still there.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

“And it was proven on the day.”

The Hoops are currently 10 points clear of the Gers in the Scottish Premiership table, with the teams set to meet again in the Scottish Cup semi-final on the 15th of April.

Football Insider verdict

Aitken is correct in his comments, despite closing the points gap this the season the Gers are still far behind the Hoops when it comes to both quality of player and quality of manager. In the match at Ibrox, Brendan Rodgers was proactive and made the changes which won the game, whilst Graeme Murty seemed stuck between a rock and a hard place, as the Gers’ title hopes lay in the balance. With the teams set to meet again in a few weeks time in the Scottish Cup, it will be interesting to see if either side has learned any lessons from the match at Ibrox.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops are set to play Ireland in Scott Brown’s testimonial

Don’t miss out on breaking and exclusive Celtic news by clicking here for our brilliant 24/7 updates on FacebookInstagram and YouTube.