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GERS DEFENDER’S TITLE ADMISSION

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BORNA BARISIC has admitted that Celtic are “running away” from Rangers as they zero in on their ninth successive title.

The Croatian international left-back was talking as Steven Gerrard prepared his players for the visit of Hamilton Accies tonight while Neil Lennon’s men will be at Livingston where they lost 2-0 in October.

The Parkhead side have won all eight Premiership outings since returning from the winter break to go 12 points ahead at the top while the Ibrox outfit have dropped 10 points in defeats against Hearts and Kilmarnock and draws with Aberdeen and St Johnstone.

On top of that, they exited the Scottish Cup when they crashed again against Daniel Stendel’s struggling Edinburgh side at Tynecastle on Saturday night.

Barisic, speaking to media outlet Sportske Jutarnji in his homeland said: “Celtic took maximum points, so they’re now running away from us with 12 points, but we have a game in hand and still have to play them twice. We haven’t given up on it yet, but it will be difficult.

“Scottish clubs, as well as our manager, are known for never surrendering and we’ll do our best to get back into the title fight. We’ve had a long and difficult road, we’ve played about 40 matches and it’s only March. That could be one of the reasons for the drop in the last few games.

“Who knows, maybe getting past Braga will be a turning point that brings new victories and catching up with Celtic. We showed our strength against them head-to-head, but it’s matches against other teams that have cost us.

“We’re not looking for excuses, though, because physically and mentally we’re prepared really well.”

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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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