It’s been said a thousand times now by any and everybody with even the most passing interest in Scottish football, but Rangers’ game against Celtic on Sunday has the potential to be massive for their season. 

If they win at Parkhead then they will go into the winter break with a two point deficit to make up on their bitter rivals, but with a game in hand to do so.

That feels more than doable, especially given how prolific Alfredo Morelos has been so far this term.

The Colombian has 28 goals this season, and with that kind of talent leading the line, you wouldn’t bet against them overturning the deficit.


The alternative, of course, is that the Gers slip up and lose on Sunday, and that would leave them with an eight point gap to make up.

And that’s what BBC pundit Steven Thompson believes will happen.

Making his score prediction for the Old Firm clash in an article for BBC Sport, he foresees a 3-2 win for the Hoops.

If that happens, it won’t be the end of the world by any means, but it will surely have a significant psychological effect on the Gers.

Even with the game in hand, eight points feels like a big lead to overturn.

Of course, you can argue that it’s too early to make calls about the title race in December, and you’d be right, but recent history has taught us that when the Bhoys get a lead and dig their heels in, they tend not to lose it.

As such, the best thing the Light Blues can do is prove Thompson wrong and avoid defeat when they make the short trip to Parkhead tomorrow.

In other news, Rangers plot swoop for starlet from English league leaders, player out of contract in 2020.


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