Rangers’ Invincible league triumph seems to have struck a nerve across the city with Moussa Dembele the latest to parrot Scott Brown’s claim the Parkhead side were ‘real Invincibles’ – but the jibe at their Old Firm rivals falls down at the first hurdle with Brendan Rodgers’ 2016/17 Invincibles actually losing more games across all competitions than Steven Gerrard’s 20/21 vintage.
After watching from the bench as Atletico Madrid sealed the La Liga title, the Frenchman could only think about Rangers as he took to Twitter to try and have a dig at the Ibrox side.
Despite having only mustered a mere 96 minutes of league action this season while on loan in Madrid, Dembele insisted his success was also that of the Celtic fans – although given his infrequent involvement for Atleti this season they’d probably have been as well just plucking a random Celtic fan off Twitter.
While Celtic absolutely did go unbeaten in the domestic competitions, their claims of being ‘real’ or ‘proper’ invincibles simply doesn’t stand up to any scrutiny – particularly when its pointed out that Celtic lost more games in their Invincible campaign than Rangers did.
Defeats to Lincoln Red Imps in their very first game of the season was followed by a defeat at the hands of Israeli side Hapoel Beer Sheva before a 7-0 thumping at the hands of Barcelona.
A further 2-0 defeat by Barca and a loss against Borussia Moenchengladbach made it five losses for the so-called ‘real Invincibles’ as they lived up to their tag as flat-track bullies.
By comparison, Rangers only lost three times in 2020/21 as they romped to the title, losing to St. Mirren in the League Cup, St Johnstone (on penalties) in the Scottish Cup and Slavia Prague in the Europa League.
Despite their desperation to minimise Rangers’ success this season, it seems bizarre that they would try and redefine what an ‘Invincible’ season is to suit their own ends.
Funnily enough, despite the protestations from some desperate to ingratiate themselves to their now-former employers, the one ex-Celtic star who hasn’t tried to diminish 55 is Arsenal star Kieran Tierney.
It might just be that he doesn’t want the grief – although the reality is more likely that he doesn’t want to infuriate his current club by denigrating the Gunners own ‘Invincibles’ who also failed to lift either domestic trophy as they went unbeaten in the league.
The boyhood Celtic fan would have more reason than most to want to defend their place in the history books.
That he has kept his counsel on Rangers’ success should speak volumes to others who are simply trying to win some imaginary internet kudos for ‘sticking it to Rangers.’
Maybe for his next ruse, Dembele could try convince people he was in any way important to Atleti’s title triumph.