Date: 27th May 2020 at 1:30pm
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Former Celtic star turned pundit, Chris Sutton, has hit back at Gareth McAuley’s claims that the Hoops 9-in-a-row is “tainted and hollow” after the SPFL handed them the Scottish Premiership trophy last week.

Sutton, speaking on The Daily Record’s Celtic Podcast via The Daily Record, dismissed the retired Rangers centre-half’s comments entirely when asked to elaborate:

“I mean the ‘hollow and tainted’ stuff I didn’t get at all, if it was the other way round and Rangers had been awarded the title then I am absolutely positive he wouldn’t be saying that sort of stuff.

“I was reading through what he said, talking about Neil Lennon saying on television that the title win was one of the greatest of his management, and that it was to wind-up Rangers fans.

“Gareth McAuley isn’t entitled to speak for Neil Lennon, Neil Lennon knows what he is saying, so I didn’t get that one.

“And then he said deep down it would rankle with Neil Lennon that they weren’t able to win it on the pitch, secure it on the pitch.

“I don’t get that at all, the pressure for Neil Lennon going into the season, everyone was talking about 10 In A Row but you have to win nine first so that was the pressure in itself.

“I think deep down, it will rankle more with Rangers players and the Rangers manager that they haven’t been able to lay a glove on Celtic.”

Of course Sutton is correct, if it was title “55” that had been awarded there is no doubt about Rangers fans accepting it or hailing it as the greatest achievement in footballing history.

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Rangers, at Christmas, had their destiny in their own hands only to blow it spectacularly after the winter break as Neil Lennon’s men displayed a level of consistency that the Ibrox club just couldn’t compete with.

Lennon won’t be in the slightest bit concerned how it was won either, as his skipper, Scott Brown said, if anyone has any doubts about the legitimacy of the 9-in-a-row success they can go and see his medal collection.