Europa League wins for Celtic and Rangers over “Ecu giants” display “Scottish soccer is again”, says ex-Scotland midfielder Kris Commons.
Celtic are via to the remaining 32 after a 2-1 win towards Lazio in Rome, whilst Rangers defeated Porto 2-Zero at Ibrox.
The ones successes have moved Scotland to inside one position of securing a moment Champions League position for 2021-22.
“It is large for each golf equipment – Lazio and Porto, those are large golf equipment,” Commons advised BBC Scotland.
“So the truth Rangers and Celtic don’t seem to be most effective going toe to toe with them however beating them is an actual observation for Scottish soccer.”
Alfredo Morelos’ 21st objective of the season set Rangers on their means towards Porto and the Colombian arrange Steven Davis for the second one, whilst fellow striker Odsonne Edouard didn’t upload to his 12 for Celtic this season season however did arrange Olivier Ntcham’s winner in Rome.
“The scouts, the people who find themselves coming to observe the likes of Morelos and Edouard – they’re going to be judged within the large video games and the truth they’re acting most effective complements their recognition,” former Celtic midfielder Commons stated.
“I do not believe there is any workforce in Ecu soccer who would need to cross to Ibrox or Celtic Park.”
Lennon and Gerrard improving reputations
Lennon started a moment stint as Celtic supervisor in February after Brendan Rodgers moved to Leicester Town having secured seven home trophies in a row.
“Neil Lennon had his critics when he first got here throughout the door,” Commons recalled. “There have been a large number of individuals who were not satisfied along with his appointment.
“I all the time stated from day one, the only factor he had over Brendan Rodgers’ improbable run as Celtic supervisor used to be that Neil Lennon has confirmed with a Celtic squad of identical taste that he were given large leads to Europe.”
The victory in Rome got here at the 7th anniversary of Celtic’s 2-1 Champions League win over Barcelona – Commons having come on as a second-half exchange.
“Neil Lennon used to be introduced in for something – to stay the send going ahead however in the end to get large leads to Europe and he is confirmed that now not most effective in Rome however I assumed he used to be very unfortunate to not get greater than a attract Rennes as neatly,” he stated.
Whilst Celtic most sensible their team and feature secured qualification with two video games to spare, Rangers take a seat moment of their segment in the back of Younger Boys on objective distinction.
The Ibrox aspect are undefeated at Ibrox in Ecu festival since Steven Gerrard used to be appointed supervisor and feature stored 15 blank sheets, scoring 42 objectives with most effective 17 towards.
“The only factor that Steven Gerrard brings is an entourage of other people taken with how he’s doing,” Commons added. “The reality he is nonetheless going toe to toe with Celtic within the league method it’s all pluses for him and will most effective beef up his recognition.”