'La-la land' - Hartson delivers verdict on Rangers fans after hammering by Celtic
By Russell Edge
Rangers fans are “deranged” and “living in la-la land” if they think they are going to compete with local rivals Celtic in the near future, according to former Hoops man John Hartson.
The Gers took on the Hoops at Ibrox in the second Old Firm derby in less than a week, hoping to exact revenge on Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The Hoops got the better of Pedro Caixinha’s side in their 2-0 win at Hampden Park in their Scottish Cup semi-final tie, but were provided the chance to bounce back immediately.
However, goals from Scott Sinclair, Leigh Griffiths, Callum McGregor, Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig secured a comfortable 5-1 win for Rodgers’ side, and is Celtic’s fourth win over their local rivals this season.
Kenny Miller grabbed a consolation goal for Rangers, who have been knocked out at the semi-final stages of both domestic cups by the Hoops, and find themselves 36 points behind their bitter rivals in the league.
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Prior to Saturday’s game, Celtic legend John Hartson had some strong words for the Blue half of Glasgow.
He told the Scottish Sun:”Rangers fans are living in la-la land. They’re deranged if they believe things are going to be different this time next year.
“Catching Celtic? Forget it. They will have their work cut out getting close to Aberdeen. Honestly, it’s laughable.”
Celtic have already secured a domestic double and are looking to make it a treble with victory over Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup.
They are also looking to finish their league season unbeaten, having managed to avoid defeat since last season, when they fell to a 2-1 defeat to St Johnstone.
With his former side in such excellent form, Hartson mocked the Rangers fans who believe that their side will be able to compete any time soon.
“Celtic are so far in front right now they can’t even see them in their rear-view mirror,” said Hartson in the Scottish Sun.
“There isn’t one single man at Ibrox who would get into the Celtic squad.”
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