By Frank McAvennie

24th Dec, 2020 | 12:01pm

'This is gonna sound crazy' - McAvennie pinpoints where Celtic have fallen behind Rangers

Fran McAvennie has claimed Celtic have fallen behind Rangers in terms of the coaching methods employed by both Glasgow giants.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Celtic suggested the focus on the defensive performances at Ibrox had shone through this season, especially on the European stage.

Rangers went unbeaten as they topped their Europa League group and have been handed a favourable round of 32 draw against a Royal Antwerp side currently floundering in 7th in Belgium’s top flight.

 

Celtic by contrast finished bottom of their group, winning just once and conceding 19 times.

Rangers’ European exploits earned them a £6.6million performance-related bonus from UEFA, while Celtic netted just over half of that after falling to progress, Football Insider recently revealed.

McAvennie has claimed the disparity between the two sides’ defensive records and bank balances in Europe is down to what’s happening on the training pitch and not due to the players on show.

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McAvennie told Football Insider“This is gonna sound crazy, but I look at the Rangers team, I look at Celtic’s team, I still think the better players are in Celtic’s team.”

“They [Rangers’ players] look like good people to coach.

“The boys that come in aren’t as good as the boys that have been left out, for a rest or injury or whatever, but they get results because they know what they’re doing with that back four.

“When somebody comes out, somebody comes in. It’s just seamless. They’re doing very well. I think they might do alright in Europe.”

Rangers have been imperious at the back this season, particularly in the Scottish Premiership where they have scored 53 and conceded just five.

Celtic have let in 37 goals in all competitions this campaign, a figure which recently led Chris Sutton to call the defence “one of the worst in the club’s history.”

In other news, one of Rangers’ top performers this season could leave the club in January amid Premier League interest.