By Pranav Shahaney

28th Apr, 2021 | 4:51pm

Charlie Adam believes 21-year Old Firm record in heads of Celtic fans

Former Rangers midfielder Charlie Adam believes the return of Scott Arfield – who hasn’t started since the last Old Firm game – could be key in the game against Celtic on Sunday. 

Speaking on Sky Sports, Adam also believes that Rangers’ recent achievements have given them the mental advantage over Celtic ahead of this weekend’s derby.

Asked about the longstanding record of Celtic registering a league win against their rivals, Adam said, “I think they’re [Rangers] already in their [Celtic] heads because of what they’ve done.

“Come Sunday, form goes out of the window. Individuals will be key – people like Kent and Arribo can win you football matches.

“With Arfield missing in midweek, it would be great if he’s back. He can run in between the centre-backs and full-backs to stretch the game.”

We start as favourites

It’s been a while since we’ve had this kind of confidence going into Old Firm games, but this season, the Gers’ sublime performances give us a mental 1-0 lead before kick-off.

That’s a lot to do with what Steven Gerrard has brought to the club and revived the sleeping giants.

Despite our cup loss to St. Johnstone, surely the mood inside the camp must be bullish ahead of this huge game.

We’re also grateful to have our captain James Tavernier back to full fitness. The right-back played all 120 minutes in mid-week and should retain his place in the lineup for the game on Sunday.

Due to breaching team protocol, the trio of Bongani Zungu, Nathan Patterson and Calvin Bassey remain suspended while Ryan Jack will miss the rest of the season due to a calf operation.

While the league title has been in the bag for a bit, none of the players and fans will be treating this as a dead rubber.

It’s important we end the league season undefeated and putting one over a team like Celtic would make it all the more special

In other Rangers news, Report: Gers take massive step towards sealing summer transfer, breakthrough expected in days