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.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 18, 2021
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:
— 𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 (@SeafarerMichael) April 18, 2021
Good luck to the Champions 💙👏🏻
— Four Lads Had a Dream (@4ladshadadream) April 18, 2021
A certain someone on the bench😍 pic.twitter.com/YqLkeVyCb8
— Fayez🏴 (@Fz_Am10) April 18, 2021
Tav on the bench 😍
— Paul (@PaulGruner72) April 18, 2021
Good solid yeam for me, hopefully we see Tav come on at some point, but good experience in the middle.
— CB55🤭🇬🇧🏴🇳🇱 (@ArgyllWarrior) April 18, 2021
Good to see tav back in the team even if he is on the bench 🔵⚪🔴
— . . (@Gers4Lif3) April 18, 2021
Tav makes the bench!
— Martini Van Drinkmost 🇳🇱 (@TheFamousBears) April 18, 2021
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.
🎙️ PRESS CONFERENCE: Borna Barisic speaking to the media ahead of Sunday's Old Firm match at Ibrox. pic.twitter.com/g0vOP5w0iU
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 16, 2021
“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.
“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.