Former Celtic title winner Bobby Petta believes that the Hoops are massively ahead of bitter rivals Rangers at this moment in time, a sea change from his time with the Hoops.

Petta, who won the title with the Hoops in 2001 and 2002, feels that the rivalry lacks something at this moment in time because the Hoops seem to be so far ahead of the men from Ibrox.

“During my time at Celtic it was neck and neck with Rangers and titles went to the wire,” he said, as quoted by the Herald.

“It hasn’t been like that recently. Celtic still have to go and win the league which they have but it is not the same as it used to be because the clubs aren’t equal anymore. It is men against boys and that is me being honest.”

The Hoops have cruised to two league titles since the Gers returned to the Scottish Premiership in 2016, whilst the Light Blues have finished in third place in the last two seasons.

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Whilst Petta is correct about the Hoops being miles ahead of the Gers at the moment, he seems to have forgotten it was the same when he played in Glasgow. The two titles Petta won for the Bhoys, they finished the season 15 and 18 points ahead of the Gers. So there have always been times when one half of the Old Firm has dominated the other in the battle to win the league title. The Hoops might seem miles ahead at the moment, but things can change very quickly in football. The Bhoys should stay ahead for the foreseeable future as long as they don’t get complacent though, and manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to guard against that next season. The Bhoys will of course face a new challenge next season, as Steven Gerrard takes over at Ibrox, and the battle between the two former Liverpool colleagues will have a huge impact on the season.

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