Former Celtic defender Alan Stubbs thinks it is “sad” to see Rangers in the state they are in as they lurch from crisis to crisis and struggle to secure second in the Scottish Premiership – and thinks Celtic want to see a “stronger” Gers.
The Light Blues are 13 points behind their bitter rivals in the table and suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat by them at Hampden on Sunday in the Scottish Cup semi-final.
The ex-Hibernian boss thinks that there is “only going to be one outcome” in Old Firm games now as the Gers lag behind Celtic in “quality and class.”
“I think it’s sad,” Stubbs said, as quoted by STV.
“It’s disappointing because I don’t think anybody from a Scottish point of view wants to see a club as big as Rangers performing as poorly as they are.
“There’s certainly an element where Celtic want to see a stronger Rangers, in terms of helping them become stronger, because it’s not doing them any favours.
“Going into an Old Firm game now, unfortunately it looks like there’s only going to be one outcome and that’s a Celtic win because Rangers do seem to be a distance behind them in quality and class.”
The Gers face Hearts this weekend in the Scottish Premiership as they look to pull ahead of Aberdeen in the league table with a win over Craig Levein’s side.
Football Insider verdict:
Sunday’s Old Firm clash between the two only highlights how far the gulf between the two sides is at its widest. The Gers need to do something drastic this summer and turn things around if they are going to stop Celtic doing ten-in-a-row. As bad as Scottish football can be with a two-horse race at the top, it’s far, far worse when there is one team everyone knows is going to win the title before a ball is even kicked. That helps nobody – not even Celtic in the long-run – and needs to change soon.