Rangers hero makes title claim ahead of looming Old Firm clash with Celtic
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Rangers hero thinks title race is over if Gers fail to beat Celtic this weekend

Former Rangers star Neil McCann believes that anything less than a win for the Light Blues in this weekend’s Old Firm clash will mean the end of the title race and hand the league crown to Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic.

The Light Blues trail their bitter rivals by three points going into the final run of league games but also have a poorer goal difference than the Parkhead side.

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McCann is no stranger to high-pressure Old Firm games and expects that Celtic will be coming out looking for three points to effectively seal the title.

“I think Rangers, you would say, are favourites because they are at home but Celtic are in very good form clearly,” McCann said [Scottish Sun].

“I think under Ange Postecoglou they play a real attacking brand of football and I do believe if Rangers were to lose this game then the title would be virtually going to Celtic Park.

“But Giovanni van Bronckhorst will know the magnitude of this game.

“I can’t see anything other than Celtic coming and attacking Rangers and if [Alfredo] Morelos is fit, [Ryan] Jack is a big player for them, if those guys are okay then Giovanni has to go all out to try to win the game because it’s so crucial.

“The pressure is definitely on Rangers.

“They are unlikely to claw back the goal difference in the number of matches left, so it looks like a four-point difference.

“So really, Rangers have got to win this game.

“If Celtic come out of this match unscathed you’d have to say they really are in pole position.

“If Celtic go and win the game, which I’m sure is in Postecoglou’s mind, you’d have to think their position is very strong indeed.”

The Gers will be boosted by the news that Aaron Ramsey is fit for Sunday’s game while the Light Blues keep their cards close to their chest over the fitness of Alfredo Morelos.

If Rangers do fail to win on Sunday, they can’t let the disappointment linger too long with a Europa League quarter-final against Braga following quickly after.

An official UEFA account sent Them into something of a meltdown this week when they tweeted a congratulatory message to Rangers.

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