Rangers travel to Celtic Park on Sunday for the third Old Firm match of what’s turning into a long season. Normally, we’d have potentially faced Celtic another one or two times by now. But such has been our failure in the cup competitions, our paths have not yet crossed outside of league duty. Nor will they after Aberdeen dumped us out the cup. A stumbling draw with Kilmarnock followed that result and after Celtic scraped a last minute winner against Dundee, it all but put our season to bed. Ten points now separate us and them. You get the feeling it’s an unassailable lead.
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – DECEMBER 29: Connor Goldson of Rangers celebrates with Ryan Jack of Rangers after he scores the only goal of the game during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Any result on Sunday would probably pour a little bit of petrol on the smouldering remains of our season, whilst defeat would be akin to emptying a gallon jug of cold water on them. Symbolically this game is significant in that this squad must prove they’re up for the challenge.
We’ve also yet to lose domestically with him in the side. It’s a massive match – as all Old Firms are – and should we win it, it keeps a faint flicker of hope for the season alive. And the thing is, we can win it. Celtic are there for the taking. We’ve been talking about the need to put Celtic under pressure ever since the winter break. This tie at Celtic Park is our chance to do it on their own patch. Here’s the side to do it. It’s the exact same XI that started in December.