John Hartson has aimed a sly dig at Rangers by claiming that Celtic's dominance on the domestic circuit is 'almost embarrassing' for them.
The former Hoops striker claimed that Rangers beating their Old Firm rivals in the Scottish League Cup final would be a 'major coup' for the club, as it would end Celtic's utter dominance.
Celtic will be hoping to win their tenth straight domestic trophy during that showpiece event at Hampden, but Steven Gerrard will be hopeful that his Gers side are as strong as ever and that he can lift his first trophy at the club.
Hartson shared his thoughts on that final encounter in December, as he suggested that whoever lifts the trophy will have momentum going into the rest of the campaign.
“It would be a major coup for Rangers to win this final,” Hartson told the Scotsman. “They have to find a way to stop Celtic. Celtic are just ridiculous at the moment with their domination. Nine trophies out of nine is almost embarrassing.
“Rangers are trying to find a way. They are backing their manager and he has brought in some quality. Steven Gerard was brought in to try to improve a situation where Celtic were miles ahead in every department. He’s been given funds to buy quality players. He’s brought them in for sure and some good experience.
“Whether or not they will be strong enough on the day, time will tell. But winning a cup final does give you momentum and with there being nothing between them in the league so far, it can make a big difference to get that first piece of silverware early in the season.”
Whilst Neil Lennon pushed Celtic over the line as they won the treble-treble last term, the team was Brendan Rodgers', and he did play a huge part in the Bhoys winning those trophies over the years.
Now, Lennon will be hoping, with his team and his tactics, he can win the treble again for the club this season because if he does then it will be an utterly remarkable achievement.
There's no doubt that Rangers are stronger this season, but Celtic did win the first Old Firm clash of the season in a pretty comfortable fashion, as that will no doubt be at the back of Gerrard's mind when the duo meet again next month.
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