Barry Ferguson has urged Rangers to show Celtic “no mercy” when they welcome them to Ibrox for the latest instalment of the Old Firm.

The Bears legend has predicted that his former side will take home the three points, backing them for a slender 2-1 victory.

Steven Gerrard knows that a win will send his side 19 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership, although there has been no talks of the title.

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Writing in his Daily Record column, Ferguson believes his former side can knock the stuffing out of Celtic with another comprehensive win.

“Just when they looked like they were on the canvas they have hauled themselves back onto their feet with four straight league wins and trust me, they will be coming to Ibrox today looking to get themselves right back in the fight,” he said.

“That’s why it’s up to Rangers to knock them back on to the seat of their pants again. No mercy. No complacency. Just more of the punishment they dished out at Celtic Park back in October when, for the third successive derby, they played them off the pitch.

“With so much on the line, I honestly can’t wait for kick-off. And if you’re asking for my big-match prediction then I’ll go for a 2-1 Rangers win. Like I say, now is not the time to start letting up.”

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All that matters this afternoon is the three points.

Rangers fans across the globe won’t care how the Bears play if they pick up three points, although an outing that embarrasses the fierce rivals would be lovely to see.

That potential 19-point gap would see the bridge between the two sides remain in double figures even if Celtic win their three games in hand.

There is new-found determination around Ibrox this season, and even if tomorrow ends in three points, we won’t be seeing Gerrard screaming down the camera like he did last season.

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