Former Ibrox striker Brian Laudrup believes Ange Postecoglou will be more upset by Giorgos Giakoumakis claiming Celtic will be champions come the end of the season than Gers fans will.

Off the back of a hat-trick for the Hoops, the Greek striker was not short of confidence and talked up Celtic’s chances of winning the league after going three points clear at the top.

If the shoe was on the other foot, Celtic fans would be claiming comments like that would spur our team on. It works exactly the same way and they’ll look to use the comments to try and motivate themselves out of their poor domestic away form.

Writing in his Daily Mail column Laudrup said: “I wonder who was more annoyed by the comments from Giorgos Giakoumakis on Sunday?

“The Rangers players or Ange Postecoglou?

“Confidence is a good thing. And Giakoumakis was clearly on a high after scoring a hat-trick in yet another vital victory for Celtic.

“But to then say they will win the league? And that it’s ‘obvious’ Celtic are the better team?

“I’m not sure that was the smartest thing for Giakoumakis to do when the title race is still tight.

“Yes, Celtic have a three-point advantage and all the momentum. They are in pole position right now, while Rangers have issues to solve around their away form and the low impact of their January signings.

“Even so, a firm prediction about ending up on top is not the kind of talk you hear from Postecoglou. I’ve been impressed by the demeanour of the Parkhead manager.”

He’s absolutely right about Ange, he will not have appreciated the comments.

I’d be very surprised if the manager didn’t have a word in the Greek’s ear after the post-match comments. I don’t think it would have been anything more than a nudge on the shoulder and saying ‘calm it down’.

Laudrup’s assessment of Ange is also spot on which makes me feel more comfortable that Celtic and the team can handle expectations and the manager will be stressing nothing has been won yet. When we were six points behind, he wasn’t getting carried away by our position and now three points ahead, it’s exactly the same.

If our rivals need a nudge to try and motivate themselves after winning just one trophy in front of zero fans then there are huge issues at Ibrox.



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