Alan Rough claims Rangers and Celtic fans will be keeping an eye on the other team’s results this weekend ahead of a couple of big fixtures at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
Rangers go into the weekend nine points clear of second-placed Celtic, who have two games in hand. On Sunday, Steven Gerrard’s side will face third-placed Aberdeen at Ibrox while 24 hours earlier, the Hoops play fourth-placed Hibernian at Easter Road.
While it’s unlikely that Celtic will drop down from second, there’s a chance that the Light Blues can go 12 points clear at the top of the table if results go their way.
And that’s why ex-Celtic and Scotland goalkeeper Rough believes supporters of the Old Firm clubs will be watching their rivals’ results.
“Rangers and Celtic supporters will be actively keeping track on how these two games are going because, for whatever reason, Celtic can close the gap and Rangers can make the gap bigger. That’s what is enthralling about this weekend,” Rough told PLZ Soccer’s Football Show.
“It remains to be seen which of the two teams can come up with the goods and nine times out of 10 they usually do.
“Both of them know what’s at stake. It’s a big weekend for both of them.”
Let’s face it, Celtic fans are obsessed with Rangers anyway.
Even if there is a game taking place at Ibrox that has no relevance to the Hoops, you can bet that their supporters will be watching it and counting how many times Alfredo Morelos touches an opponent and putting every referee decision under the microscope.
If games were on at both times, you’d still have a sad bunch who’d rather watch Rangers play.
Of course, both teams’ results are important to the other but they are way more important for Celtic at the moment as they are the chasing team.
If they drop points on Saturday then there will be a lot of pressure put on Rangers to get a result against Aberdeen because a 12-point gap is massive at this stage of the season – even if the Bhoys do have two games in hand.
You’d rather have the points on the board than the games to play.
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