'Big blow' - Tom Boyd makes Rangers claim after defeat to Celtic
Former Celtic captain Tom Boyd has claimed that Rangers will find it difficult to recover from the nature of their recent Old Firm defeat.
The Hoops won 3-2 at Ibrox even though they played the last half-hour of the match with only ten men, and Boyd, won three titles with the Bhoys as skipper of the club, claims that the manner of the loss is a psychological blow to the Ibrox side.
“They’d been given some adulation after being in some wonderful games and scoring a lot of goals against some lesser opposition so they’d gone into the game with some confidence,” Boyd said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“Add to that they were playing in their own territory, they’d been in front twice and Celtic had then gone down to 10 men and still beaten them, which shows the commitment and the desire of Brendan’s players.
“It will be a big blow for them.”
The Hoops now have a nine point lead over their Glasgow rivals with a game in hand, with the sides set to meet against twice in the space of a week in April.
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The teams go head to head in the Scottish Cups semi-final on April the 15th, followed by the final league meeting between the rivals of the season on April the 22nd.
Football Insider verdict
Only time will tell if Boyd is correct, but the defeat in the recent league match at Ibrox must have been a big blow to the Gers’ players, management and supporters. Graeme Murty’s side had been built up before the game, and even with the Hoops reduced to 10 men they couldn’t get the job done. Whilst Rangers may take time to get over the loss, the Hoops will be massively encouraged by the fighting spirit they showed to get the win and all but clinch another league title. We will find out if Boyd is correct when the Old Firm face-off twice in a week in April, after those games we will know a lot more about both teams and their ability to deal with adversity.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops have reportedly started talks with Kristoffer Ajer over a new contract