According to recent comments from striker Kris Boyd (via talkSPORT), teams in Scotland ‘know that there is a way to play’ against Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic. The Scottish Premiership champions slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Boyd’s Kilmarnock at the weekend to suffer a second loss of the campaign, leaving their tally of ten points from their opening six league games as their worst start to a season in 20 years.
And ex-Rangers forward Boyd believes that teams are working out a way to play against the Bhoys, as evidenced by the fact that they have only won three times in the league so far this term, and these comments from the 35-year-old are sure to come as music to the ears of Gers manager Steven Gerrard and Light Blues supporters.
Ultimately, a lot of the focus during the close season was on Ibrox following the appointment of Liverpool legend Gerrard, what with the Scottish giants making a bold move in a bid to bridge the gap to Rodgers’ Celtic, and thus return to the top of the Scottish game in the near future.
And while many during the summer felt that the Gers were still some way away from their bitter rivals, which was substantiated somewhat by their 1-0 defeat in the Old Firm derby earlier this month, the fact that other sides are beginning to work out how to play against the Bhoys can only be good news for Rangers in their bid to challenge for the title.
Rodgers’ side have made a very indifferent start to the campaign in winning just three and losing two of their opening six Scottish Premiership matches – they lost only four en route to winning the title by nine points of second place Aberdeen last term.
And if what Boyd says turns out to be true, in that ‘the rest of the clubs know that there is a way to play against Celtic now’, then there could be even more dropped points between now and the end of the season – as such, the door could well be open for Gerrard’s side to go on and seriously challenge for the title.
The Light Blues are currently a point ahead of Rodgers’ side in the table but have been somewhat more convincing this season in thumping Dundee and St Johnstone in recent times, and with Gerrard still getting to know his players and implementing his style on things at Ibrox, it may well be more difficult for teams to try and suss out the Gers than it is Celtic – after all, Boyd believes that Rodgers ‘won’t change the way he plays’.
As such, Boyd’s view that teams have begun to work out how to play against Celtic will surely be music to the ears of Gerrard and indeed Rangers fans, as it could well mean open the door and present them with a golden opportunity to finally go on and win the Scottish Premiership title this season.
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