By Jason Jones

27th Dec, 2019 | 5:06pm

Alan Brazil winds Ally McCoist up about Old Firm title race claim

Rangers clash with Celtic on Sunday could prove to be a decisive game for both sides. 

The Gers are currently five points behind their bitter rivals, but do have the luxury of a game in hand.

If they were to win at Parkhead, they could theoretically overtake the Hoops when it comes to playing that extra game.

The alternative is an eight point gap for Steven Gerrard’s men to make up going into the winter break, but according to Ally McCoist, even that would be doable.

Speaking on talkSPORT, as quoted by the Daily Record, the pundit suggested that a defeat this weekend wouldn’t mean an end to the title race, but colleague Alan Brazil tried to drop him in it by claiming that he’d said differently in private.

Brazil said: “Sunday, if it goes wrong for the Teddy Bears, is it over?

McCoist then responded: “No”

But Brazil kept going, adding: “See, last week you said it was, off air.

McCoist hit back, saying: “I’ve changed my mind. It can’t be over, we’ve got a race this season.”

The key to all this is that an eight point gap would actually be something of a falsity.

That game in hand could end up being crucial, regardless of which way Sunday’s game goes, but if we assume that Rangers would be able to take all three points in that match, then there’s no reason why a five point gap is unassailable, especially considering the fact that the Old Firm will face off again this season.

Psychologically, it would be much better going into the break knowing that the Bhoys were in touching distance, but even if the worst comes to the worst, McCoist is right, there’s nothing to fear.

In other news, ‘Give them my number’ – Gerrard responds to Rangers transfer report.