Glasgow Rangers have the ability to out manoeuvre Glasgow Celtic in the Europa Group stages, and here is why:
Steven Gerrard has signed 17 players who are probably more suited to European football than Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic. The frenetic play in the SPFL, may take a bit longer to conquer.
Rangers have a far superior goalkeeper than Celtic for a start, and their defence is so much more dominant than the weak Hoops rearguard.
The Celtic midfield played well against a tired Rangers just coming back from an arduous 10-hour Russian flight on the early hours of Friday morning, then played the Hoops on Sunday.
Then they had to endure 60,000 fanatical fans and a biased referee without Rangers best midfield player, Lassana Coulibaly. Watch what happens when Celtic face Rangers at Ibrox in December.
Rangers are on the way back and the Ibrox club could go further than Celtic in Europe, due to having international players who can cope better in this competition.
The ‘Gers had to survive without ex-Scotland players Lee Wallace and Graham Dorrans, plus England’s U21 captain Jordan Rossiter. They will all be fit in a week or two.
Confidence is high in the Light Blues camp on the back of an unbeaten run in the Europa League and BetFred Cup games.
Rodgers was at odds with the board over Hibernian’s John McGinn going to Aston Villa, and Dedryck Boyata refusing to play against AEK Athens in the Champion’s League games.
Then Moussa Dembele forced Celtic to sell to Lyon, to leave the Hoops weaker than before.
Rangers now have talent in every position, and when Gerrard has enough time to bed them all in to his first team, the league results should improve.
There is now competition for every place at Rangers and that’s what Gerrard learned at Liverpool.
Celtic play Rosenborg at home on Thursday 20th September the same night as Rangers play Villarreal in Spain.
Rangers play Rapid Vienna at Ibrox on Thursday 4th October when Celtic play Red Bull in Salzburg.
Celtic play RB Leipzig at home on Thursday 25th October the same night as Rangers play Spartak Moscow in Russia.
Rangers play Spartak Moscow at Ibrox on Thursday 8th November when Celtic play RB Leipzig in Germany.
Rangers play Villarreal at Ibrox on Thursday 29th November when Celtic play Rosenborg in Norway.
Celtic play Red Bull at home on Thursday 13th December the same night as Rangers play Rapid Vienna in Austria.
It would be marvelous for Rangers and Celtic, if both sides qualified from their difficult groups.