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Alex McLeish has claimed that Rangers will go a long way to winning the Scottish Premiership with victory over Celtic on Saturday.

The Bears welcome their fierce rivals to Ibrox knowing that a win would send them 19 points clear at the top of the table.

Celtic have returned to form recently, and have won their last six games in all competitions since the start of December.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “I think psychologically, yes.

“That emphasis is still on the New Years’ games to win them, and if you do win them then I think psychologically you get an amazing boost, especially with the catch-up Celtic have to do, they can get within seven points, then that would be a blow to them.

“Stevie is not a fool, they’ve played at the highest level, they will have been aware of Celtic’s recent form.”

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If this game was last month, we would have been relishing the chance to put plenty of goals past our fierce rivals at Ibrox.

Having said that, the Bears are still unbeaten in the Scottish Premiership and will be feeling great after avenging that only defeat against St. Mirren this week.

Should the Light Blues get the win, even if Celtic win their games in hand, the gap between the two sides will still be in double figures – something that should be a bridge too far to cross.

In other Rangers news, Alex McLeish backs Ryan Kent to return to starting XI v Celtic

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