Rangers could lose title in February after development - pundit

By Paddy Kenny

22nd Jan, 2022 | 12:30pm

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Rangers may not recover in the title race with Celtic if they lose next month’s Old Firm clash.

That’s according to former Leeds United stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider following the resumption of the Scottish Premiership.

Rangers could only manage a 1-1 draw against Aberdeen on Tuesday (18 January).

This came after Celtic returned to league action with a convincing 2-0 win over Hibs 24 hours earlier.

As a result, the Hoops now sit four points behind their rivals with an Old Firm clash at Parkhead just two weeks away.

Kenny claims this game could decide the title.

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“These things happen in football,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“In a group of players, you do start to get worried when you always fall at the final hurdle.

“Rangers didn’t win a cup with Gerrard and lost a few finals, they didn’t have the bottle to get over the line.

“There have been questions about them in big games as well. They made so many errors in the Champions League qualifiers this season.

“I do wonder if Rangers players are worried now that Celtic are right there.

“I think a big test of their steel will be the next Old Firm. If Rangers can pull away then that might give them the confidence to go all the way.

“If Celtic win though, that could shatter Rangers’ confidence and hand the title to Celtic.

“I think that game is absolutely massive in the title race.”

Rangers and Celtic face each other on 2 February.

The Hoops are looking to win their first Old Firm clash since September 2019.

In other news, Rangers exit tipped for this month after source’s update.