GIORGOS GIAKOUMAKIS has stood by his comments claiming Celtic were better in every department than Rangers - despite the remark being branded "disrespectful".

Rnagers midfielder Ryan Jack criticised Giakoumakis' comments from February where he claimed Celtic were the superior side and shared his belief they would win the Scottish Premiership title. 

Celtic stretched their lead at the top to six points with the win over Rangers on Sunday.

Now, Giakoumakis has insisted the comments weren't intended to anger or disrespect opponents.

Instead he reckons any player can share their confidence in their team as he addressed Jack's comments.

The Greek striker explained: "I didn't make these comments to make anyone angry or feel disrespected by me.

"But I said what I was believing for my team. I believe this time that we played better as a team, that is the only thing I said.

"I can say also now that we play very good football and I believe in my team.

"Every player can say that his team is the best, I don't think this is bad. From now on we have to win the games and do our job."

Giakoumakis had previously said in February: “The squad is very good – I think it’s the best in the league. I think we are better in every single part of the team."

Jack had taken exception to the statement as he disagreed with Giakoumakis' assessment.

The Rangers star said: “I don’t agree with it. I don’t get that at all, those comments. I think it’s disrespectful to come out with that. But, look, it is what it is.

“We will go quietly about our business. We’ll do our talking in here, work hard here in-house and come Sunday we will be right up for the challenge."