Celtic 'philosophy' hailed by McLeish amid 'massive' Rangers comparison

By Alex McLeish

9th Apr, 2022 | 1:25pm

Rangers news: McLeish identifies the 'real' reason for slump that's handed title to Celtic

Alex McLeish has hailed “hungry” Celtic and conceded the Hoops’ ability to score at will has overpowered Rangers in the title race.

The former Gers boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side have relied on the injured Alfredo Morelos too much this term.

Celtic defeated Rangers 2-1 in the Old Firm derby on Sunday (3 April) and go into today’s (9 April) meeting with St Johnstone knowing a win will take them nine points clear in the Scottish Premiership.

The Ibrox club have scored just seven goals and picked up 10 points in their last five league outings.

Meanwhile, Celtic have managed 11 strikes and 13 points as the title run-in intensifies.

When asked about the difference between the Glasgow rivals at present, he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge: “Celtic’s confidence is so high – they look so much more able to grind out a goal.

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“It looks as if there are more Celtic players capable of scoring a goal than there are Rangers players capable of scoring, at the moment.

“They’ve relied on Morelos too much, and that has been a real factor in this drop in form for Rangers.

“The massive difference in this title race is the attacking philosophy. Celtic go forward in numbers.

“They’ve got players left, right and centre scoring goals – they’re hungry, and they never stop running.”

Kyogo Furuhashi is Celtic’s leading scorer with 16 strikes – with Liel Abada, Jota, and Giorgos Giakoumakis also enjoying fruitful campaigns.

Morelos, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season through injury, has netted 19 goals for Rangers this term.

The two sides meet again in the Scottish Cup semi-final next Sunday (17 April).

In other news, pundit claims Celtic will complete defender signing on 1 July after update.