10 November 2020 02:33
John Barnes believes Rangers are starting to show the signs of champions - but the former Celtic manager still feels that his former side will land the title this campaign. Steven Gerrard's Light Blues strolled to victory over Hamilton yesterday and last week ground out an important 1-0 win over Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership. Gers are currently nine points clear at the top of Scotland's top flight and Barnes has been impressed by what he has seen. He told bonuscodebets.co.uk: "At the end of the day, winning is all that matters. It doesn't matter if you're not playing your best but if you can walk away from that game with another 3 points - that's work well done!
"In some instances, knowing that a team isn't performing in a way they could, or should do, but still win, that shows signs of a champion. "I'm sure Steven Gerrard will take just as much pleasure, perhaps even more, when they don't play well, but are still winning, as he'd do when winning 5-0 whilst playing well. "It's all about the points and this season, for Rangers to stop Celtic winning the 10-in-a-row. And I must say, Rangers are looking really strong this season." Barnes feels that having no crowds at games has helped Rangers, while also believing that it has hindered his former team. He continued: "Rangers found that much needed consistency from day one this season - something Celtic have struggled with. Lockdown has affected teams differently and I do think that Celtic have suffered, which has resulted in some unusual patterns. "The fact they've dropped points is unusual for a team such as Celtic, probably more unusual than Rangers doing really well. You'd expect Rangers to be where they are, but you wouldn't expect Celtic to have dropped as many points or to have been so inconsistent. But it's early days and plenty of time for them to make up the points. I think they'll still make the 10-in-a-row." Barnes added: "As for points vs games in hand; points on the board is always better because they're there. You have points to make up, but you can always drop them, whereas you can't drop the points you've already won. "Celtic should win their games in hand, they'll still be three points behind Rangers. And of course they're going to play them three more times. But the points on the board is always what you want." John Barnes was speaking to bonuscodebets.co.uk