Chris Sutton believes Celtic have the edge of Rangers in Old Firm derby
Chris Sutton says Rangers ‘must win’ the Old Firm derby to stay in the title race this weekend, but thinks Celtic have a ‘slight edge’ in the game.
The two sides meet for a third time in four weeks and for the second time in the league, with Celtic all but sealing the title with a win to move nine points clear with three games remaining and a better goal difference.
But with the game taking place at Parkhead and Rangers still facing a huge Europa League semi-final second leg clash in midweek against RB Leizig, Sutton told Daily Record that he thinks Celtic’s attackers can cause ‘mayhem’.
“Home advantage probably just gives my old club a slight edge but these teams are even and it will come down to performance on the day,” he said.
“Rangers have to win if they want to stay in the title race and, despite being without Alfredo Morelos and probably Kemar Roofe, they still have players who can hurt the Hoops.
“But Celtic also have the attacking weapons to cause mayhem at the other end and I’ll be intrigued to see just who Postecoglou picks.”
If Rangers are still holding out hope of a potential hijack of the Scottish Premiership title out of Celtic’s hands, then they absolutely must win this game.
Victory would cut the lead down to three points with three games remaining and could rattle the current league leaders, who haven’t lost in the league since October.
But with the Europa League clash in midweek their priorities could be elsewhere and that would essentially mean handing the title over to their fierce rivals.
The fans would want nothing less, but if it meant helping them to make it to the Europa League final in midweek then they would probably take it, considering the state of the league table.
It’ll be a tough game no matter which side starts for Rangers, but they have decisions to make on their priorities for the season run-in and the fitness and availability of the players.
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