Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has opened up on his “hope” that referee Kevin Clancy gets the “big decisions” right in Sunday’s Old Firm clash at Celtic Park.

The Gers boss was on the wrong side of a poor decision in the League Cup final earlier this month as Christopher Jullien’s offside goal was allowed to stand and Gerrard doesn’t want a repeat on Sunday.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC (R) greets Neil Lennon, Manager of Celtic prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Gerrard knows emotions will be fraught on Sunday lunchtime but admits it can be “difficult to take” losing thanks to a refereeing blunder.

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“It will be hostile with emotions running high in both teams,” Gerrard said at his pre-match press conference, quoted by the Daily Record.

“You hope that the officials get the big decisions right.


“If you get beat by a great goal you can hold your hands up and accept it but if it is from a wrong decision it can be difficult to take.”


Rangers haven’t won at Celtic Park in nine years and need to avoid defeat on Sunday to avoid falling eight points behind in the title race.

referee Kevin Clancy during the UEFA Europa League second round qualifying match between Vitesse Arnhem and FC Viitorul Constanta at the Gelredome on August 02, 2018 in Arnhem, The Netherlands

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With the winter break starting after this weekend’s games, the Gers will have a chance to recharge their batteries over the coming weeks ahead of the second half of the campaign.

Going into to it with only two points splitting the sides – and Rangers having one more game to play – would be a fantastic position to be in when the league resumes in 2020.

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