By Jack Cunningham

28th Aug, 2021 | 11:10am

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd discusses the Old Firm and what the Gers must do

Former Rangers man Kris Boyd has shared what theory Rangers must disprove on Sunday in the Old Firm.

Speaking in his column for the Scottish Sun, the Sky Sports pundit revealed that he would be “embarrassed” if he had been accused of not being able to play in front of crowds as the Gers have been.

However, he sees the first Old Firm match of the season as the perfect opportunity for Steven Gerrard’s men to prove that this theory is nonsense.

He said: “There has been non-stop chatter since the season started about Rangers not being able to perform now fans are back in stadiums.

“Steven Gerrard’s men must be fed up hearing about their alleged phobia of large crowds.

“Well, Sunday is the perfect opportunity for them to ram those words down their critics’ throats.

“Personally, I’d be embarrassed if those accusations were levelled at me.

“If I [were] still a Rangers player, I would be absolutely mortified to hear any suggestion that I bottled it in front of supporters.

“I refuse to buy into the theory that these same players are incapable of repeating their title triumph now full houses are allowed again.

“The only way to prove the doubters wrong is by retaining their crown.”

Boyd makes a very good point.

This theory about the Gers not being able to play in front of crowds is a load of nonsense.

Most of these players have turned in huge performances in front of crowds for Gerrard since he was appointed manager in the summer of 2018.

Yes, they won the title with no fans, but this theory seems to be a way of discrediting what the Gers achieved last year.

We agree with Boyd that Sunday is the ideal opportunity at a packed Ibrox to put on a show and end this ridiculous theory once and for all.

We believe they can do it, and we are sure that the Gers fans will roar them on to a huge win.

In other Rangers news, Barry Ferguson has picked out what he thinks could help the Gers against Celtic.