Ally McCoist is adamant Sunday’s Old Firm has plenty riding on it for Rangers and Celtic, despite regular BBC pundit Chris Sutton claiming otherwise.
The Scottish Premiership title was sewn up a long time ago and Steven Gerrard’s side are 20 points clear of their bitter rivals ahead of the fourth league clash between the pair this season.
Sutton told BT Sport Scottish Football Extra [30/04/21] that “it doesn’t matter, it’s just about a bit of pride” but that Celtic players should “go out and perform” for their captain Scott Brown, with the game being his last derby day.
“So it does matter,” McCoist hit back.
“I’m about to explain why Chris says it doesn’t matter…because he’s running scared again.
“He’s covering his angles, it’s embarrassing to listen to.
“Celtic haven’t won a game against Rangers since they were unbelievably fortunate to win that League Cup final which they never should have won.
“He’s saying to himself ‘they might beat us again here, so therefore it doesn’t matter’.
“Away and don’t talk a load of nonsense, of course it matters.
“It will matter to Scott Brown, it will matter to all these guys.”
Always something on the line
We’re yet to witness many Old Firms that have felt utterly meaningless, and this weekend should be no different.
There’s a multitude of reasons why Sunday matters.
From our point of view we want to remain Invincible for the duration of the Scottish Premiership campaign, and this is one of three more hurdles to overcome.
Furthermore, it’s the chance to extend our unbeaten run over Celtic to six games, and it would mean by the time we next meet them it could be nearly two years since they have tasted victory in this fixture.
That’s sure to leave a sour taste.
And for Celtic it’s the exact opposite of these reasons, plus the chance to send off their long-serving skipper with an Old Firm victory.
We don’t foresee a tepid affair, let’s put it that way.
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