Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd says the club are ‘way in front’ of bitter rivals Celtic as he named nine Gers in his combined XI ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash.

Although Boyd, who scored over 150 goals for Rangers across two spells, believes Celtic are improving, he pointed towards the current league standings as evidence that the Light Blues possess the more fearsome players.

Boyd named an all-Rangers backline, a fair reflection on a defence that has conceded a  mere five Premiership goals all season.

That means places for Allan McGregor, James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Leon Balogun and Borna Barisic, while further forward Steven Davis and Glen Kamara feature in midfield, with Ryan Kent and Kemar Roofe in attacking roles.

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In an exclusive interview with Sun Sport, Boyd dismissed claims of impartiality and referenced the confident manner in which the Gers have been performing this season, saying, “For me, I think that Celtic have turned the corner in terms of results recently. Rangers have maybe dropped off in terms of where they are a couple of weeks ago as well.

“But on current form, this is what I feel is the best XI that I would pick.

“I know Celtic fans will probably say that I’m just being biased again. But you can’t go back on past glory.

“As it stands just now, Rangers are way in front. It’s not me just putting a Rangers head on, it’s because of the league standings and the way Rangers have been playing.”

The only Celtic players named in Boyd’s XI were midfielder David Turbnull and striker Odsonne Edouard.

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Combined XI is fair

Manager Steven Gerrard will go into the lunchtime kick-off in confident mood, and it’s no wonder Boyd littered his combined XI with Rangers stars after the team kept up their sensational start to the season against St Mirren on Wednesday.

Rangers avenged their League Cup defeat earlier in the month by beating St Mirren 2-0 on their own patch, the venue of their cup exit on December 16.

That result ensured a 13th consecutive Scottish Premiership victory for the Gers, and it is 19 league wins overall as they maintain their invincible league run this season.

Rangers have failed to score only once this season in all competitions, a 0-0 draw at Livingston on August 16, a mammoth 29 games ago.

This record will be severely tested on Saturday against Celtic, who have recorded a clean sheet in their last four Premiership games.

The head-to-head record between the sides suggests there won’t be too many goals either way, as there has not been more than three goals in the last eight games since April 2018.

In other Rangers news, Gerrard delivers disappointing injury news on key midfielder.

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