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Celtic legend Chris Sutton laughs off ‘silly’ Dave King comments about Rangers | Football | Sport


King made the statement in an online letter to Rangers fans, sparking impassioned responses from Celtic mouthpieces.

The Hoops are on the verge of a treble treble once they wrap up the league, with only a Scottish Cup final against Hearts on May 25 left to achieve the feat.

They have faced stiffer competition in their pursuits this season, however, with Rangers improving under Steven Gerrard.

King wrote: “It was never going to be easy and it is extremely gratifying to have witnessed the progress that has been made over the last year.

“We are now within tangible reach of Rangers becoming the dominant force in Scottish football again.

“Much of the progress on the pitch can be attributed to Mark Allen (director of football), Steven Gerrard and their respective management teams. Turning to a young manager was a risk but it was one that Mark and the board felt we should take because of Steven Gerrard’s football pedigree.

“Steven’s passion, professionalism and winning mentality has been inculcated throughout the football activities at all levels and we have seen strong benefits from this. We saw periods where we were rightly regarded as title contenders, followed by periods of varying quality.

“Despite these periods of inconsistency it is clear that the playing squad is significantly stronger than in recent seasons and, importantly for future transfer activity, the overall value of the squad has greatly increased.”

Former Celtic striker Sutton is not foreign to engaging in tongue-in-cheek debate with Gers fans, and retorted to King’s comments in a column for the Daily Record.

“Despite Dave King’s silly statements about Rangers being close to the dominant force, they are still far enough away that Celtic will get over the line with the right recruitment and moves in the next two years,” Sutton said.

“Celtic are entering an incredible period in their history here. A double treble was amazing. A treble treble would be almost beyond words.

“Yet even at that there is a feeling the biggest moment has still to come.

“Nine and 10 in a row are on the line in the next couple of seasons and the fans are literally champing at the bit for it. It’s right there. Within touching distance.”

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