Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has made two changes to his starting line-up for the Old Firm clash with Celtic at Parkhead today.
After seeing his side suffer defeat in the Europa League on Thursday night, Gerrard has opted to leave out the injured Nathan Patterson and drop midfielder Scott Arfield. Ianis Hagi has replaced Arfield with Filip Helander coming in for Patterson.
Rangers confirmed the news on their official Twitter account ahead of kick-off at midday on Sunday.
🆕 Today's #RangersFC team to face Celtic.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) March 21, 2021
Still loads to play for
Rangers have the Premiership title wrapped up but that doesn’t mean they’ll be going into the match against Celtic on Sunday with an air of complacency about them.
While it would be too much to suggest the bubble has burst at Ibrox, the defeat on Thursday to Slavia Prague was a wake-up call – we cannot take our foot off the gas.
Controversy aside, over two legs against Slavia we weren’t good enough and unfortunately, they deserved to win based on the football they played across 180 minutes.
We simply cannot afford to let Celtic be the better team on Sunday because they have nothing to play for now except for pride. We have so much more to lose than them.
It would be a massive shame to lose our unbeaten record in the league at this stage and we hate to say this but a draw would be a welcome result.
We always want to beat Celtic, no matter what. Let’s hope the players see it that way because there’s one nervous fan writing this who would just be happy with anything except a defeat.