Chris Sutton has said that the Old Firm clash at Ibrox next Sunday is the ‘first real Celtic and Rangers clash in years’ and has highlighted three Rangers players that can do damage at Ibrox.

The gap at the top is just six points and it could be whittled down to three if Rangers get the win their fans are so desperate for.

And while Sutton thinks that Celtic will shade it, he doesn’t think it’s going to be a walkover and has talked about the dangers in the Rangers team.

Writing in his column in the Daily Record Sutton said: “Jamie Murphy was a good signing… Sean Goss is a good technician and Alfredo Morelos looks lean and mean and has impressed me despite being a hothead.

“If you’re a Celtic fan you would recognise Rangers have improved and the Hoops have to concentrate and do the business.

“They’ll be far more respectful of the threat from Rangers and the fact they have emerged stronger from the transfer window.”

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Football Insider verdict:

Sutton is bang on the money here. Rangers have improved and Celtic aren’t as good as they were last season – it would have been almost impossible for them to maintain such a high standard. It all sets up an absolutely intriguing encounter at Ibrox next week where all neutrals will surely be behind Murty’s men. Of the players that Sutton has highlighted, Morelos is the one who can do the damage. ‘Lean and mean’ is a great description of the prolific striker who has settled into the Scottish Premiership like it’s his second home. He’s right though. He’s a hothead and Murty must make sure he doesn’t lose it in the cauldron of an Old Firm derby. 

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