FORMER Rangers defender Graham Roberts insists Celtic will not celebrate their ninth successive title this season.

And the ex-England international says it wouldn’t count even if they did manage the achievement.

Roberts, speaking on Betfred TV, said: “How can you say it’s nine in a row for Celtic? I don’t get all that.

“Rangers have been in the league the last three years, they’ve got three that’s it. We don’t go nine.

“They won’t get nine, anyway.”

Roberts also made the astonishing claim other Premiership teams try harder against Steven Gerrard’s side than they do against Neil Lennon’s men.

He said: “If you look at last season, Rangers were top of the league. Then, after the break, they lost their way a little bit.

“Steven has done a magnificent job, I’m up there at the end of the month to watch the Ross County game and I went to the Cup Final which I think that day Rangers were brilliant.

“They went to Celtic Park and they played them off the park and deserved to win that day, so now they’ve got the confidence.

“My worry is I watch lots of the games and when Celtic play Aberdeen and all them, they don’t put as much effort in. All the other teams don’t.

“Trust me, I’ve been there I’ve played in them.

“When they play Rangers they double their energy and I just hope that all the teams give everything against both teams and it’ll be a really good end to the season.

“I honestly believe Steven has got the mentality right at Rangers now and I think they might stop them this year.”

The Ibrox side’s 2-1 at Parkhead last month – their first win in the east end of Glasgow since 2010 – edged them to within two points of the champions at the top of the table.

Gerrard’s outfit, though, have a crucial game in hand that could see them pick up three points to take pole position.

Celtic won the opening league game of the campaign 2-0 at Ibrox in September before their Glasgow rivals turned the tables last month just before the turn of the year.



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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