By Danny Wright

8th Mar, 2018 | 1:18pm

David Bates names Rangers fringe player as one of two major advantages ahead of Celtic clash

Rangers defender David Bates believes that the experience of Kenny Miller and having a number of players who support the club are two major advantages going into the Old Firm clash against Celtic at Ibrox on Sunday.

Bates, 21, has emerged as a key player for the Light Blues’ defence in the past few months and is widely expected to start in the backline this weekend.

He claims that Miller, 38, can have a massive role to play in the build-up to the fixture due to his sheer experience of playing on both sides of the Glasgow divide in Old Firm games.

The former Celtic, Hibernian and Wolves striker has become a fringe player in recent months though with just one Scottish Premiership appearance since mid-December.

However that has not stopped Bates from highlighting the importance of the veteran forward.

“We have the likes of Kenny Miller about the building who can share their experience of these games and we have a lot of boys who are Rangers fans who explain what it means to the squad,” he said, as quoted on the Gers’ official Twitter account on Thursday.

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Football Insider verdict

There’s not a very good chance that Miller will play against Celtic this weekend unless Rangers manager Graeme Murty decides to throw him on the final stages of the game to hold on to a lead. If the Gers are chasing the game then they need impact players with pace and Miller does not bring that anymore. Although his on-the-pitch talent is not what it used to be, off it he is a massive boost for the Light Blues. Not many players in history have played for both the Gers and Bhoys, so having someone like that is a big advantage. Celtic will be tough to beat but there’s a real chance it can be done this weekend.

In other Rangers news, this Arsenal star has claimed he would rather see this Gers fringe player score against Celtic than win the lottery.

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