FORMER Scotland coach Stuart McCall has applauded Celtic for their bold move to make Brendan Rodgers their new manager.

The ex-Ibrox player and caretaker gaffer said: “I look back to the summer and there wasn’t much of a difference between Rangers (sic) announcing Joey Barton and Brendan Rodgers being appointed at Celtic.

“The two sort of happened at the same time.

“I remember at the time of Barton signing thinking ‘that’s a big statement from Rangers (sic).

“But I have to say that to bring someone such as Brendan in was a massive coup for Celtic.

“As the season progresses, the Barton thing didn’t work out and Brendan worked out magnificently.

“I am looking at Celtic and they have only brought in a few players.

“Kolo Toure was signed and he hasn’t played so much. Then there are Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair, but it was more or less the same squad which the previous season were perceived to be not good.

“The difference with Brendan is what he has got out the team.

“You only have to look at Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong.

“Celtic have absolutely stormed it and have done far better than anyone would have thought in terms of wins; hence the gap is as big as it is.

“Rangers (sic) have had too many draws. But I think the blow to them – and there’s no doubt it was a blow – was when Celtic managed to go out and get the manager they have at the moment.”

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