Old Firm rivalry is gone: Andy Walker delivers savage Rangers verdict ahead of Celtic clash
By Matt Farr
Ex-Celtic striker Andy Walker expects his former club to record an easy victory over rivals Rangers in the Old Firm derby on Sunday, and says Celtic aren’t interested in comparing themselves with Rangers anymore.
Speaking to the Daily Record, Walker slammed Rangers for their lack of heart and determination this season, insisting that Celtic would ease to a fourth derby win of the season.
Celtic are currently 33 points clear of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership, widening the current abyss between the two sides in recent years.
Rangers simply have not been able to compete with their Glasgow rivals since they were banished from the top tier at the end of the 2011-12, and Walker insists that the rivalry between the two clubs is now redundant.
He urged the rudderless Ibrox outfit to get their act together for the heavyweight clash in order to put an end to Celtic’s dominance.
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He told the Record: “I don’t think Celtic are interested in comparing themselves to Rangers, being better than Rangers – that is gone. It’s up to Rangers to get their act in order.
“I look at this Rangers team and question their heart and determination. They are a bit weak, a bit timid. There’s not a great deal of leadership on the park.
“We’ve had a 5-1, 1-0 and 2-1 wins for Celtic this season. I was at all three games and Celtic were totally dominant in every one. I would expect the same on Sunday. Celtic will win easily.”
Rangers are still without a full-time manager as they prepare for Sunday’s tie, although they could have their preferred choice in place within the next two days.
Pedro Caixinha is expected to be appointed as the new Rangers manager on Friday, but is not expected to take charge of the side against Celtic.
Graeme Murty will continue in his caretaker manager role, but it is likely to be his final game in charge at Ibrox.