CHRIS SUTTON, the former Celtic striker, has laughed off claims by Rangers’ on-loan Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo that Steven Gerrard’s team are the best in Scotland.
The 22-year-old forward is convinced the Ibrox side will derail the Hoops’ surge for nine-in-a-row and prove they are good enough to take the title.
Ojo, speaking in the Sunday Mail, said: “Towards the end of last season, I watched some of the Scottish Premiership games and I’m really looking forward to it.
“I think Rangers are the best team in the league. It’s just about proving that we’re the best team and doing really well this season.
“The gaffer has told us just to focus on ourselves. The difference last season was nine points which proved we’re pretty close to Celtic.
“It’s just about concentrating on us and then we’ll be able to make up those fine margins.”
Sutton, now a media pundit with BT Sport, took to Twitter to respond: “Yes of course. And they’ve proved it over the last 8 years.”
The Parkhead side, of course, have dominated the domestic scene with eight successive championships triumphs as well as winning all nine domestic honours over an unprecedented three-year period.
The clubs will meet at Ibrox with a High Noon kick-off on September 1 to match up and see how the new signings, including Ojo, cope with the rarefied atmosphere of the Glasgow derby.
It was honours even in the last campaign with both teams winning their home fixtures. The Govan side’s 1-0 victory in December was their first in 13 meetings with Brendan Rodgers in charge at the Hoops.
CELTIC will NOT offer Emilio Izaguirre a new deal, despite claims made by Montagua president Eddy Atala.
The club chief made the remarks yesterday about the 33-year-old left-back who has had two spells at Parkhead.
Izaguirre is currently in pre-season training with his first club and Atala, speaking in a report in the Daily Record, said: “We spoke to Emilio Izaguirre’s agents this week and he has offers from clubs in the USA, Japan and Australia.
“There is also the possibility of him returning to Celtic, but that is only for a short time of six months.”
Izaguirre made 19 appearances last season during Kieran Tierney’s injury-enforced absence.
The defender returned to Parkhead a year ago after a brief spell in Saudi Arabia with Al-Fayha, but there is unlikely to be a third comeback for the former Hoops fans’ favourite.
EROS GREZDA, the Albanian winger who cost Rangers £2million when he arrived from Osijek last summer, is on his way to French outfit Brest, after Scotzine revealed his time at Ibrox was over a month ago.
The clubs have agreed the £1.75 million switch and the deal should be completed within the next 24 hours.
Manager Steven Gerrard told the 24-year-old forward he could leave as he wasn’t part of his plans.
Grezda will undergo his medical with Brest this weekend and follow Portuguese raider Daniel Candeias through the Ibrox exit. The 31-year-old moved to Turkey in a cut-price £250,000 move during the week.
The Albanian international started just seven league games for Gerrard’s side and netted twice – a double against Motherwell in a 7-1 romp in November.
SCOTT McKENNA has been the subject of two failed bids from English Championship clubs this weekend.
Aberdeen have knocked back offers – believed to be in the £3million bracket – from Mark Warburton’s Queens Park Rangers and Nottingham Forest for the Scotland international centre-half.
Hull City have also made their renewed interest in the player known after seeing FOUR proposals kicked out during the January transfer window.
Former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers saw a £3.5million submission for the 22-year-old defender rejected in August last year.
The England transfer deadline is a week on Wednesday with Scotland’s window closing on September 2.