Rangers fans delighted as key man returns to squad to face Celtic
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Rangers fans delighted as key man returns to squad to face Celtic

Rangers fans have been reacting to the good news that a key man returns to the squad for the match with Celtic.

Rangers captain James Tavernier has been missing since the first leg of the Europa League clash with Royal Antwerp in February but has been named on the bench for the clash.

Scott Arfield also returns to the starting XI and his presence will add a tenacity to the Old Firm contest.

Arfield’s inclusion in the starting XI is also the only change from the 2-1 win over Hibs, with Kemar Roofe dropping to the bench.

Here’s how Rangers supporters reacted to the XI with the news Tav returns to the bench grabbing their attention:

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The match has taken an extra dimension this week after a war of words ensued regarding comments made by Celtic boss John Kennedy.

The Parkhead gaffer claimed that on their day, his side is still “the best team” in the country, something which drew the ire of Gers full-back Borna Barisic.

“I think that is the biggest joke I heard this year,” said Barisic [Rangers].

“They didn’t win against us in three games and we are 20 points in front of them, so it is disrespectful a little bit to us. That’s my comment on that.”

“You need to be in life always realistic. If someone is better and if someone is 20 points in front of you, you just don’t talk like that. It is disrespectful for all the things we do this season.

“It is not only from him. I know a lot of people talking about Celtic’s situation with Covid and all of these things. It’s like we’ve lost five games or we are just five points in front of them.

Rangers full-back Borna Barisic has been ramping up the battle fever ahead of the match. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We are 20 points clear in front of them, we didn’t lose a game this year. It is disrespectful to talk about anyone and changes. I am talking about this season. That’s it.”

Rangers have also moved quickly in the perfect response to damage to a billboard at Ibrox ahead of the Gers welcoming their Celtic rivals to the Stadium.