John Kennedy’s claims that Celtic are nonetheless the most effective staff in Scotland have been branded a ‘joke‘ by Rangers defender Borna Barisic.
The Parkhead caretaker boss has drawn scorn from the blue half of Glasgow forward of Sunday’s Scottish Cup conflict by insisting the Hoops stay high canine.
However now Barisic and boss Steven Gerrard have bitten again, with the Croatia worldwide even dubbing Kennedy’s phrases disrespectful to the newly topped Ibrox champions, who stay unbeaten on league responsibility with simply 4 video games remaining.
“I didn’t hear the feedback however I learn the interview beforehand and I feel that’s the greatest joke I heard this yr,” mentioned Barisic.
“They didn’t win in opposition to us in three video games and we’re 20 factors in entrance of them, so it’s disrespectful a bit bit to us. That’s my touch upon that.
“That you must be in life all the time life like. If somebody is healthier and if somebody is 20 factors in entrance of you, you simply don’t speak like that.
“It’s disrespectful for all of the issues we do that season.
“It isn’t solely from him (Kennedy). I do know lots of people speaking about Celtic’s scenario with Covid and all of these items.
“It’s like we’ve misplaced 5 video games or we’re simply 5 factors in entrance of them.
“We’re 20 factors clear in entrance of them, we didn’t lose a sport this yr. It’s disrespectful to speak about anybody and modifications. I’m speaking about this season. That’s it.”
Gerrard has additionally stoked the fires forward of Sunday’s final 16 showdown at Ibrox.
He mentioned: “I don’t actually give attention to anybody exterior Rangers by way of their opinions. I simply give attention to what’s occurring inside right here.
“On the 15th of Could we’ll raise our 55th title as a membership and I’ll be one of many proudest males on the planet.
“The place that sits proper now, we’re 20 factors clear with 4 video games to play with the possibility to go unbeaten. So I don’t must hearken to anybody exterior Rangers to get a view on that. I do know the truth and the reality.
“It’s a date we’re very a lot wanting ahead to as a membership. Anybody’s views from the surface on that’s not actually necessary.”
Gers have received three out of the final 4 derby clashes however weren’t at their greatest as they pinched victory again in January because of a Callum McGregor personal aim or within the 1-1 Parkhead draw final month.
Nevertheless, Gerrard is refusing to fret about these shows as he eyes up a possible league and cup double.
“We’re actually pleased with our season thus far. A few defeats in late forties, almost knocking on 50 video games, I feel it’s a phenomenal file and an actual stage of consistency,” he mentioned.
“What has gone earlier than in earlier derbies or what has gone earlier than this season can have no bearing on what’s going to occur within the subsequent 90 minutes, or probably longer.
“It is rather a lot for us. We have to discover a efficiency that’s adequate to progress and that’s the solely focus right here proper now.”