Food for thought: Will Celtic fall for the same 10-in-a-row pressure suffered by Rangers?

Ian Durrant

Ian Durrant, the former Rangers and Scotland midfielder, feels that Celtic will be under pressure next season. Brendan Rodgers’ team will be looking to take another step towards an unprecedented achievement, which is winning the Scottish Premiership title ten times on the trot.

Both Rangers and Celtic possess the record of winning the league 9 times in a row. But the landmark figure of a tenth consecutive title has proven to be elusive for both the Scottish giants. When Durrant was part of a Rangers side in sight of such a feat, his side fell at the final hurdle to a rejuvenated Celtic side managed by Dutchman Wim Jansen.

Durrant told The Sunday Post that Celtic may suffer a similar fate. He stated in the interview that in their eight, ninth and tenth championship chase, the pressure was intense. And he sees Celtic suffering from the same when they will look to win their eighth consecutive league title next season.

Rangers’ demotion to the lower leagues of Scottish football substantially helped Celtic to win seven titles on the trot and the Hoops will be favourites once again next term. But Durrant suggested Celtic’s biggest rivals are themselves.

This may be the case. But Durrant could also be well off the mark. The only thing that Durrant can speak about with any real authority is his own experience and how Rangers struggled to cope with the pressure of their own dominance.

Celtic have their own issues as they have struggled to fare well in Europe. But domestically, they have shown little, if anything, to suggest that they are under any pressure.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers

Celtic are dominant in Scotland because of a variety of factors. Firstly, they are financially much stronger than the other teams in the division.

Secondly, they currently have a manager who has imposed his own self-belief onto the players. Rodgers may have his detractors, but he has been effective at Celtic Park as the club won back-to-back domestic trebles under him.

New Rangers Boss Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard is definitely a marquee appointment by Rangers, but he is unproven as a first-team boss, and ultimately the Gers have taken a risk in naming him as their new manager.

Celtic will once again be favourites for the league title next season and Durrant should focus on the Gers more. It’s not for him to worry about whether Celtic will have the mental fortitude to cope with the pressure of continuous success.

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40 Comments

  1. It was nothing to do with pressure for the old now extinct club! It was that even the sfa and spl together were unable to stop Celtic that season. Celtic had succumbed to corruption for the previous thre or four years, when though the better team by miles, scumbags like Jim Farry, Hugh Dallas etc were making sure the corrupt were able to equal the honest nine Celtic won against all bigoted odds. Pressure? No chance! They simply were no match for Celtic, even with the help of the cheating, stealing, corrupt associations.

  2. “Rangers’ demotion to the lower leagues …”
    Rangers weren’t ‘demoted’. They disappeared from the league system due to the pesky fact that they were liquidated. They had to apply to join at the lowest level just like any other new club would.

    As for pressure, it’s all on the club that sees itself as Rangers. Celtic is steamrollering everything in its path including, in fact ESPECIALLY, Rangers mkII with no sign of even Aberdeen (the 2nd best team in Scotland) being able to stop us.

  3. There will not be as much pressure on them because they have had five freebies of a start (tainted), not the same as the Glasgow Rangers the most successful football club in the world.

  4. Seriously ffs Rangers were not relegated,They were Liquidated and Died.Now all we here is utter BS.Sevco have no History worth a mention.Celtic are Going to Smash our own Legit 9 In A Row.Each and Every Zombie just conveniently forget All the Headlines 140 Years of history gone…We Dont Follow Follow like lost Sheepul.Our Club is and Forever Shall Be,Strong.HfH…The most Irrelevant Club in World Football,Sevco 5088.Facts are Facts.

  5. The SFA must be brought toheel regarding there Brethren over at the Crumble DomeThe Glib n Shameless one.How convenient Ogilvie etc were at Oldco,Conflict of interest,Indeed.Football in Scotland is corrupt for aslong as there is a team playing out of ibroke and insistingtheyre GoinFor55,55 what exactly 55 pence.Just because the Hunbelievable smsm mention Sevco in the same breatheas Celtic.It doesnt make Sevco part of the Old Firm.That mantra Died aling with RainJurZz back in 2012.But just ignore the Facts and blab Total Shite.Rangers are Dead….That is the truth of the Matter.

  6. Glasgow Rangers the most successful football club in the WORLD check the records and deal with it.

  7. Glasgow Rangers???The most Corrupt Club in World Football.Living a Lie Since 2012.Yer Clubs Deid.Deal With It….Sevco,s Obsession with Celtic is the beginning of there Downfall,Again.Liquidation mk2.Facts are Facts.

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