01 May Billy Dodds disappointed with the way Rangers ‘folded’ at Celtic
Billy Dodds played in a Rangers side which lost six goals to Celtic but insists the Gers team thrashed 5-0 by the Hoops on Sunday folded like no other in an Old Firm game.
Celtic clinched their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title in stunning style at Parkhead with an Odsonne Edouard double and goals from Tom Rogic, James Forrest and Callum McGregor.
The convincing victory came two weeks after the champions’ 4-0 William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final win over Graeme Murty’s men at Hampden Park and is a record league win over Rangers.
Former Scotland striker Dodds was in the Light Blues team beaten 6-2 by Celtic at Parkhead in August 2000 but he refutes any comparison.
The 49-year-old said: “We were 3-0 down very early then we went 3-1, 4-1, 4-2 and then we had chances.
“We never chucked it, we never folded, like the way Rangers did in the Cup semi-final and on Sunday.
“We were always in it, always keep going.
“I played at Ibrox when we beat them 4-0, I don’t think Celtic folded that day.
“You just can’t get beat that easily. It just leads to people questioning you as a player.
“The one thing I thought I would see is fight, reaction to what happened in the semi-final, but to see them fold again is incredible.
“It was all down to Celtic and the way they played, but you still have to show something, a bit of discipline, getting in about it, but there was nothing there.”
The Gers’ devastating defeat came during more managerial uncertainty as former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard emerged last week as front runner to take over from Murty.
Dodds said: “I think we would be daft to completely rule it out (Gerrard move working) but it is a huge gamble.
“I seen Mark Warburton going in there, Pedro Caixinha, it’s not worked and that is the recruitment of the board and they are going for a rookie now.
“If it goes wrong with a rookie, where are they then?
“If they get Steven Gerrard in, they are going to have to back him and back him heavily and I mean a few million pounds to get that foundation and try to claw back Celtic.”