Celtic Boss John Kennedy Has Disrespected Us

Rangers defender Borna Barisic has accused Celtic boss John Kennedy of not respecting his side following his comments over the Bhoys being the best team in the country.

Steven Gerrard’s men have won the Scottish Premiership title in style this season, leaving Celtic trailing well behind, but interim Bhoys boss Kennedy recently expressed his view that the Hoops remain the best team in Scotland on their day.

Barisic is unhappy with Kennedy’s comments, dubbing them a “joke” and believes that the Celtic boss did not respect Rangers by saying what he said.

“I think that is the biggest joke I heard this year”, Barisic told a press conference.

“They didn’t win against us in three games and we are 20 points in front of them.

“So it is disrespectful a little bit to us. That’s my comment on that.”

Rangers and Celtic are set to collide in the Scottish Cup this weekend and it remains to be seen if Kennedy’s comments have further fired up the Gers players to go out and prove a point.

Gerrard’s side sit 20 points clear of Celtic in the Scottish Premiership table, while they are yet to suffer defeat in the current campaign; Celtic have lost on four occasions.

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Rangers Mentality Means We Won’t Ease Off

Ianis Hagi has insisted that the mentality and demands at Rangers mean there will be no dip in levels despite the club already having secured the Scottish Premiership title.

The Gers have already been crowned the new champions of Scotland, replacing Celtic, who had won the title for the last nine years.

Rangers have not eased off though and beat Hibernian 2-1 at the weekend, while they are also zeroing in on this weekend’s Scottish Cup tie against Celtic.

Hagi insists that nothing less is required at Rangers as no matter what has gone on before the focus must always be on winning games week in, week out.

“It wasn’t just about between now and the end of the season”, Hagi told Rangers TV.

“It is a mentality you are getting used to and you have to have it and at Rangers, it doesn’t really matter at what point of the season you are at.

“I think it just shows the way that we are looking to the near-future and probably also next season.

“It is about just going out there and just trying to win games.

“That is what Rangers is used to and that is what we have to do.”

Hagi already has his eyes set on winning three trophies next season, but he insists that the Scottish Cup is also in Rangers’ thoughts as they bid to complete a domestic double.

“Next season there are three trophies to play for, but we can’t forget the cup this season as well.

“As I said before, it is just about winning games and winning trophies as that is what Rangers is about.”

Hagi has been key to Rangers’ success this season, featuring in a total of 40 games so far and setting up 12 goals for his team-mates.

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Former Winger Admits Regret At Swapping Rangers For Liverpool

Mark Walters has admitted he regrets leaving Rangers for Liverpool as he was restricted to a more peripheral role at Anfield in comparison to his successful spell at Ibrox.

Walters made the move south of the border to Liverpool in the summer of 1991, following a successful four-year spell at Ibrox, where he won three league titles and flourished under Graeme Souness.

The ex-winger’s stint at Anfield saw him add the 1992 FA Cup and 1995 League Cup to his trophy cabinet, however he struggled to make a big impact.

Reflecting on his career, Walters has admitted he regrets making the switch from Rangers to Liverpool as he had to watch his team-mates battling it out on the pitch for the Reds, rather than earn the trophies himself as he did in Glasgow.

Walters revealed Rangers offered him a better contract to keep him at Ibrox, but he chose to leave to work with a great manager in Souness, which he feels was a stupid thing to do.

“With hindsight, I shouldn’t have left Rangers”, Walters told the Press Association.

“I had literally 24 hours to make my mind up.

“I had the situation with the three-foreigner rule going on in my head.

“I didn’t want the fact I’d be classed as a foreign player to be the reason for why I’d be left out for big games in Europe.

“Rangers offered me more money, more everything but with hindsight leaving was a stupid thing to do.

“At the time I thought it was right as I was getting the chance to carry on working with a fantastic manager in Graeme Souness.

“I was winning one or two trophies a year at Ibrox but after that I only got two more winners’ medals for finals I never played in, so it is something I regret.”

Walters was shipped off on loan spells to Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers during his time at Liverpool, after which he played for Southampton, Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers, finally retiring in 2002.

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Rangers Defender Filip Helander Comments On Aston Villa And Leicester City Links

Rangers defender Filip Helander has commented on being linked with Premier League pair Aston Villa and Leicester City, insisting he is happy at Ibrox and focused on the upcoming months.

The powerful Swedish centre-back helped Steven Gerrard’s Rangers to end Celtic’s domination of Scottish football this season and could end the campaign as a double winner, with the Gers still in the Scottish Cup.

Helander’s performances for Rangers have seen his attract eyeballs south of the border and it has been claimed that Premier League pair Aston Villa and Leicester are keen on him.

The defender though is not prepared to think about the speculation and insists he feels good at Rangers, while he is also focusing on Sweden’s Euro 2020 campaign.

“It’s just speculation”, Helander, asked about the links, told Swedish outlet Fotbollskanalen.

“I feel good here and I have two years left on my contract here.

“That’s really the only thing to think about.

“I want to continue to perform well at Rangers and then hope to be able to join the European Championship [squad] this summer.

“This is where my focus lies.”

Rangers splashed £3.5m to snap Helander up from Italian side Bologna in the summer of 2019 and it remains to be seen what level of fee the Scottish champions would demand to let him move on in the upcoming transfer window.

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Former Rangers Man Warns Gers Star Leaving Ibrox Would Harm His Progress

Former Rangers winger Mark Walters is of the view that leaving the Ibrox outfit would harm Ryan Kent’s progress as a player, ahead of a summer transfer window when his is again likely to be targeted and has been linked with Leeds United.

Kent has registered 12 goals and 13 assists in 47 games across all competitions for Rangers so far this season and has played a key role in his team’s Scottish Premiership triumph.

The 24-year-old had opportunity to return to England and play Premier League football last summer with Leeds United tabling an offer for him, but Rangers rejected the bid and made clear they did not want to sell him.

Leeds could come back for Kent this summer, while other sides may be keen too.

But ex-Rangers star Walters is of the view that leaving Ibrox would harm Kent’s progress as a player as he feels the Englishman needs to have another strong season in Glasgow to take his game to the next level.

Walters explained staying at Rangers means Kent would also be able to play in the Champions League, which not many other clubs could offer him next season.

“Ryan is in a great team right now and, personally, I think he’s still got a lot to do up there”, Walters told the Press Association.

“If he left I don’t think it would be great for his progress.

“I can understand teams will be interested in him because he is playing so well.

“I don’t know what his long-term ambitions are but, for me, he needs to have another good season up in Glasgow then think about that.

“I’m sure Rangers will be disappointed they didn’t do better in Europe this season and they will have the Champions League to aim for next term.

“Hopefully he hangs around for that because, in my opinion, there are not many clubs Ryan could get that would be an improvement on Rangers.

“They are a club that can fulfil all his ambitions at the moment.

“Only Ryan knows what he wants to achieve but, for me, he’d be crazy to move this summer.”

Kent’s current deal at Rangers runs through until the summer of 2023, and it remains to be seen whether any potential suitors try to lure him away in the summer.

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