The Celtic and Rangers rivalry in Scotland is rather lop-sided at the moment. With the Light Blues struggling to find consistency in the Scottish Premiership and the Hoops destroying all opponents in their path, it hasn’t been as competitive as it once was.
That’s what Celtic defender Mikael Lustig was pointing out this week when, as reported by The Daily Record, he said that the derbies between the two sides are not quite as fierce as they once were, due to Rangers being ‘nowhere near us now’.
From the reaction on Twitter, it appears most Hoops fans agree, pointing out that since Rangers’ liquidation event in 2012, the rivalry hasn’t been quite the same for them.
Of course, come derby day, the match-up is still produces one of the most passionate atmospheres around and it’s a fixture that consumes Scottish football in the days and weeks leading up to kick-off.
While the derby may not be as combative as it once was, it still gets everybody talking, including supporters of both teams.
Fans took to Twitter to discuss Lustig’s comments…
It lost its spark for me in 2012 for some reason.
— Erin go bragh! (@paulmac1888) October 11, 2017
Rivalry was over a long time ago to be fair.
— Scott Brown (@broon1978) October 11, 2017
— lisbon calling (@MarkMaclean6) October 11, 2017
Put it this way when we played the old club my eye's wouldn't move from screen. These days I fuck off into garden for a smoke and a beer👍
— david robertson (@davidro50017125) October 11, 2017
I slept in and missed the first half of the last game. Would never have done that with the old club.
— Paul McQueen (@queenmachine67) October 11, 2017
Used to be about the goals now it's about the lols
— MrGreenWhyteBrown (@calumg) October 11, 2017
Lustig nails it. The Newco are run of the mill and will remain so.https://t.co/cy1BCmjLh2
— Francis Hughes (@Celts_Symphony) October 11, 2017
Hard no to love big Lustig. He just gets everything about Celtic.
— Craig (@craigybhoy147) October 11, 2017