Date: 14th August 2019 at 6:17pm
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Celtic were beaten 4-3 at home by Romanian side CFR Cluj – and the result sees them crash out of the Champions League.

At the moment this result is hilarious for a lot of Rangers supporters – and they have wasted no time in teasing their inter-city rivals but come the end of the season it may well be the green half of Glasgow that is laughing.

This is because they can now focus all of their attention on winning a ninth title in a row.

If they were to do this – it would equal Rangers’ record from the 1980’s.

Celtic even with the loss of Kieran Tierney to Arsenal have a bigger squad than Rangers – more able to cope with the demands of a trophy assault on multiple fronts.

Celtic after all have done the treble-treble – they know how to win all of the domestic competitions and going out of the Champions League could just make them more determined to win another treble.

Steven Gerrard has done a good job with Rangers, so far, they are now at least competitive with Celtic – but can they challenge on multiple fronts?

Their Europa League campaign began in July – and by the time they have played their second leg against Midtjyland, they will have played eight competitive games already.

It is highly unlikely that Gerrard’s squad would be able to keep this intensity up all season – and if they have a European campaign similar to last year, then that is even more games for a small squad to deal with.

Upfront, for example, Rangers’ only have two strikers – both high quality, but can Gerrard really rely on Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe as his only forwards?

It seems very unlikely that they would be able to make it through the season – without some form of backup.

So, Rangers may well be laughing now – but by the end of the season, it could be Celtic who have the last laugh.


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