Talking to the media in Sweden, Celtic defender Mikael Lustig believes that the rivalry between Celtic and Rangers has lost its ‘hype and hatred’ because of Rangers failure to keep up with Celtic, the Scotsman report.

Celtic finished 39 points clear of Rangers last year, in what was a historic treble-winning season, where the Hoops failed to lose a single domestic game, something they’ve continued into this season.

Brendan Rodgers side dominated the derby last year, winning five of the six derbies between the sides, and have picked up where they left off last campaign, winning 2-0 at Ibrox at the end of September.

Celtic have already opened up a six-point gap ahead of their fierce rivals, after only eight league games, something Lustig hopes to stretch between now and Christmas.

Talking to the media in his home country, the Swede stated his feelings on the current rivalry, describing Rangers as being ‘nowhere near us’.

I don’t think it’s the same hype, the same kind of hatred that you had back in the day. Rangers are nowhere near us now. I imagine the tighter it is, the more important it gets to win the derbies.