Former Celtic winger Davie Provan believes that the Hoops will triumph in Sunday’s Old Firm clash at Ibrox, even though he has been impressed with the job done by Rangers boss Graeme Murty.
The Gers go into the match only six points behind Brendan Rodgers’ side, and a win for the Light Blues would open up the title race.
Because of how big the game is, Provan expects the Bhoys – who have a game in hand on their bitter rivals – to turn up on the day and win the three points that would all but clinch their seven league title in a row.
“With the financial muscle to bury Rangers, Celtic should be in a different ballpark from their rivals,” Provan began, writing in his column in the Scottish Sun.
“Instead, you could argue Celts are no better than a year ago while Gers have taken strides under Murty.
“But if Rangers have turned the heat up, I still think Celtic will win. They’ve been below par, but I expect them to turn up for this one.”
The Hoops are going for their fourth straight league win at Ibrox, having won both matches at the home of their biggest rivals last season and winning 2-0 there in September thanks to goals from Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths.
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It is hard to argue with Provan, as the Hoops should have far bigger lead than they currently do over the Light Blues, but they seem to have been complacent at times this season, and this has allowed the Light Blues to build an unexpected title challenge. However, as Provan also says, the Hoops have usually turned in the big games since Rodgers arrived at the club, and the Hoops boss will be expecting the same at Ibrox, where the Bhoys know that if they win there for a forth consecutive match it will but clinch the league title and massively deflate everyone connected with Rangers at a vital time of the season.
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