Dennis Wise told Sky Sports this morning that he “would love to see Rangers beat Celtic”. Unsurprisingly, this has prompted claims the ex-midfielder has a soft spot for the Glasgow giants.

Rangers face off against Celtic next week in a crunch Old Firm tie at Parkhead, and Wise has confidently flown the flag for the Rangers camp.

The ex-Chelsea and England playmaker made the comments in a discussion with Ian Wright – an ex-Celtic player. Wright even admitted that the Gerrard factor is “affecting” Celtic this season. Celtic have one two out of seven games and have faced heavy criticism of their backline.

Former rivals on the field with Arsenal and Chelsea, Wright and Wise sit on different sides with the Old Firm. Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/ALLSPORT

Rangers on the other hand have went from strength to strength and after another positive European result last night look very difficult to beat. You won’t find players, manager or fans getting ahead of themselves just yet though.

Wise said:

“I can see Rangers getting a result and I would love them to get a result.

I would love them to get a result because it really puts a lot of pressure on Celtic then, and I would really would love to see Rangers open a gap and see what happens.”

Ian Wright acknowledged the improvement but stated that he believed it would be a few years yet before Rangers topple Celtic.

He said:

“Now with the signing of Steven, with the way it’s going, you can almost feel like yes, they’re actually on the way back.

“It might take them another couple of years, but they’re coming.”

Fans, managers, and even players are hoping that it won’t be quite as long as some are making out. It seems that includes Dennis Wise.

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