Chris Boyd and James McFadden say the Scottish Premiership title race is over when they extended their lead at the top of the table by six points with a 2-1 win over the Celtic Rangers.
Celtic bounced back from a goal by dismissing Aaron Ramsey’s opener three minutes into his Old Firm debut at Tom Razic and Cameron Carter-Vickers Eyebrows.
Boyd and McFadden were impressed with Celtic’s defensive performance in the second half, with Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt intercepting the Rangers at the best of the match when they pushed for Leveler.
And they’re sure the title is heading in the green direction of Glasgow.
“It’s over, it’s over,” Boyd said Sky SportsWhen asked about the title race.
“It was very difficult for me to get the title back for the Rangers, but today it is over.
“Celtic, with that form, we have seen how well they are progressing but we have seen another aspect of them today in terms of proper defense.
“I thought Starfelt and Carter-Vickers were outstanding – it was right to protect them both today. Excellent.
“The front two, Giakumakis and Maeda, have been frustrated by their work rate and have not allowed them to create the passage you want to see from the Rangers.
McFadden added: “Yes, I think it’s over. The Rangers have to win today’s game.
“Celtic, in the form they are in, the way they are performing, I don’t see them losing three matches before the end of the season, to this point they have lost just three.
“Today they have shown a different direction where they can defend and strengthen it. Great performance. “
Geo: The title race is not over
Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronchhorst is refusing to give up the title, but admits that their task has become more difficult after Celtic slipped six points.
Van Burnhurst called the loss to Old Farm a “big disappointment” after a brilliant start at iBrooks.
But he hopes the Rangers can still make up for the six-point deficit at the end of the season with another face-off against their title rivals in the league.
“We’re fighting for a two-team championship, and then when you lose to a direct opponent you make it harder,” said the Rangers boss. Sky Sports.
“It’s not over, but this makes the result even more difficult for us.”
The postecoglou title discussion plays down
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglo declined to deny Sunday’s win at Ibrox, saying it was another victory for him.
“That’s three points, man,” he said Sky Sports.
“It’s three points and one more point we need to get next week. We’ll keep collecting them until it makes sense. “
Postecoglo is proud of his players’ response after Celtic went down to a goal after a poor start.
“You know when everything is in their favor, we have to work hard to turn it around, and I think the guys are talented,” he said.