By Noel Whelan

29th Sep, 2021 | 12:30pm

Rangers are the 'only saving grace' for Postecoglou after 'weird' Celtic update - Whelan

Noel Whelan has warned Ange Postecoglou Celtic cannot afford to drop any further behind Rangers if there is to be a Premiership title race this season.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the saving grace for the Hoops right now is that the Gers have also faltered at times this term.

As quoted by the BBC after Celtic’s draw against Dundee on Sunday (September 26th), Postecoglou said the league title was “not an insurmountable challenge”.

He also branded the Scottish Premiership a “weird league” in reaction to comments about Rangers’ lead at the top, before confirming he was not panicking over the Ibrox club’s early advantage.

Whelan insisted that Postecoglou “desperately” needs to build some momentum at Celtic Park to turn the tide.

“The only saving grace for him is that Rangers have dropped points as well,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

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“Rangers don’t seem at their best this season. Six points is nothing right now if you take into account the 25 points Celtic were behind last season.

“There’s also some other strong sides in the league, Hearts and Hibernian have both started the season well.

“Six points behind at this stage is not ideal for Celtic but both sides are in Europe so there will be injuries and tired legs over the course of the season.

“Postecoglou can’t afford too many more slip-ups. Between now and January he desperately needs to pick up some momentum and results.

“If the gap gets to 12 points, that will be a cause for concern.”

Celtic’s points return of 10 from seven games is their worst league start for 23 years.

Their struggles have coincided with injuries to new strikers Kyogo Furuhashi and Georgios Giakoumakis.

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