By Mike Slater

28th Aug, 2021 | 9:10am

Steven Gerrard return for Rangers could make huge difference v Celtic - Barry Ferguson

Barry Ferguson has insisted that Steven Gerrard returning could make all the difference for Rangers against Celtic on Sunday.

The Bears gaffer missed the trip to Alashkert after the COVID-19 outbreak, but Gary McAllister couldn’t confirm or deny whether he would be at Ibrox this weekend.

Ferguson believes that having Gerrard on the touchline would be a huge boost, as he sets the standards for the champions.

Writing in his Daily Record column, Ferguson admitted that Gerrard is the disciplinarian of the group and is needed right now.

“I think the most important figure to have back in the dressing room – should he be okay – would be Steven Gerrard,” he wrote.

“He’s the one who puts the demands and expectations on the players’ shoulders. Just knowing he is there, yards away, makes a huge difference to the players even if they won’t admit it.

“He is the leader of the group. The disciplinarian. The man who sets the standards.”

Making the difference.

Let’s be honest, Gerrard has been far from impressed with what he has seen from his side so far in this title defence.

Things didn’t get much better against Alashkert on Thursday as the Bears laboured their way to a goalless draw against 10-men.

What better way to bounce back than an Old Firm?

Having Gerrard back in the dressing room would be marvellous, as he would really get stuck into his players ahead of and during the clash.

Should he be isolating though, the chances of that happening are minuscule and he would be forced to watch from home.

Whether or not that will once again affect our performance, we hope not but time will certainly tell – leave nothing out there, lads.

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