Celtic and Rangers are known throughout the world for their Glasgow rivalry, yet sometimes the players of both are overlooked and there’s an assumption everything is about effort and aggressiveness.
This week saw Steven Gerrard’s side beat Porto 2-0, thanks to goals from Alfredo Morelos and Steven Davis, whilst Celtic rocked Rome as they beat Lazio 2-1 with goals from James Forrest and Olivier Ntcham.
Over the years, the Bhoys have been featuring regularly in European competition and Celtic Park has hosted top clubs from across the continent. They have also developed a handful of players who have achieved success and moved on to other clubs.
Despite the high standard of the performances in the Scottish Premiership, a failure to market it well across Europe and around the world has been a major reason behind an inability to attract global audiences. This is according to former Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati.
“From the competitive point of view, it is very advanced. Clearly at the level of engagement it is very far away. Therefore the players who play there are not very famous,” Donati told Cittaceleste.it.
Victories like those in midweek could help change that, and ultimately assist Rangers in getting more money when the time comes to sell Morelos, and likewise Celtic with players such as Odsonne Edouard.
Neil Lennon’s side and Rangers have taken the top two spots respectively as both teams have 28 points after 11 games. Celtic’s superior goal difference has seen them sit on top of the table.
Donati is of the belief his former club overcome Steven Gerrard’s side to retain the title.
“Rangers have returned to a good level with a good coach, they will fight to the end but I still see Celtic as the favourite,” he added.