Celtic currently trail their rivals by 16 points

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Fans have reacted with a mixture of both amusement and bemusement to claims that Rangers’ lead in the title race is “fake news”.

That was the claim made by Celtic TV host Gerry McCulloch on Wednesday night ahead of Celtic’s match against Ross County.

The table showed Rangers with a 16-point advantage over their rivals, who have three games in hand. Two hours later that lead remained intact, with the champions having won 2-0 against the Staggies and Steven Gerrard’s men earning a 3-0 victory over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

At the end of the night the only change to the table was Rangers stretching their lead on goal difference, with 48 to Celtic’s 25.

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The two sides meet on January 2, with the season’s previous derby ending in a 2-0 win for Rangers at Celtic Park thanks to Connor Goldson’s double.

While Rangers have taken 53 points from a possible 57 so far and last failed to win a Premiership match in September, Celtic have dropped points in five matches and have accumulated a total of 37 points, one above third-placed Hibs.

McCulloch’s assertion that the league table is “fake news” has gone down pretty much as you might expect.

Eye rolls from Celtic supporters who’ve watched Neil Lennon’s side struggle this season, and schadenfreude from fans of the league leaders.

Feel free to type ‘Gerry McCulloch fake news’ into Twitter if you want to see the comments with swearing in them…

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