By Danny Wright

9th Mar, 2017 | 1:59pm

Celtic first-teamer talks up Rangers ahead of Old Firm derby, fans will not agree

By Danny Wright

Craig Gordon has said Rangers are a ‘good’ side and praised them for the way that they counter-attack ahead of their meeting at Celtic Park on Sunday.

The Celtic goalkeeper, who signed a new deal with the club this week, also said that the Old Firm derby won’t be an easy win for his side.

The Bhoys sit 27 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership and are 33 ahead of their Glasgow rivals.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are unbeaten in domestic football this season and have only dropped points in one league game all season when they drew with bottom-side Inverness in September.

In the 34-year-old’s 42 games in all appearances for the Hoops this season, he has kept a massive 28 clean sheets and has only conceded 24 goals – nine of them were in the Champions League group stages.

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Gordon was benched for the 5-1 demolition of the Light Blues in September, which was followed by the draw with Inverness, but took part in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park and the away win in the league.

“The two certainly that I have played in this season, the one at Hampden and the one at Ibrox, were only decided by a single goal. They are a good team,” said Gordon, as quoted by the Brechin Advertiser.

“I think there is a little bit too much made of us being overwhelming favourites and ‘Rangers are coming to take a beating’.

“That is certainly not the case. We have to play and do the things we are good at, and we will have to defend as well. Because we know they create a bit of a threat on the break and they have good players, that have good quality and good experience.”

Rangers have been without a manager since Mark Warburton left the club in February and the club have since slipped six points shy of second-placed Aberdeen.

Graeme Murty has took caretaker charge of the club for the last five games, but has lost two of the three league games he has presided over.

In other Celtic news, fans have reacted to news that this 24-year-old will miss the Old Firm derby.

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