Callum McGregor has said that the first rule of the Old Firm clash is to walk the walk, rather than talk the talk.
Talking in the Scottish Sun, the Celtic midfielder believes that Rangers have put unneeded pressure on themselves ahead of the biggest Old Firm clash in years.
And he claimed that if his side go into the game with confidence, they will come away with the points.
And he couldn’t help taking a dig at Ibrox flop Joey Barton, one of the loudest when he was a Rangers player.
“We didn’t see him again, did we?” McGregor said after Barton’s one Old Firm derby, which ended with a humiliating 5-1 defeat for Rangers.
He went on to give a measured verdict on the game, saying that Rangers would cope better this time because Murty has brought in more Scottish players.
However, he said they’ve put unnecessary pressure on themselves by “making noise”.
“Rangers have brought in more Scottish boys and they will know exactly what it’s about.
“That’ll help them because they will know what it means to win. That gives them an advantage, but we have boys in our team who are exactly the same.
“They are making noise about it as well. They’re putting a wee bit of extra pressure on themselves to go and do well in the game.
“We know what we can do and if we go into the game with confidence and prepare properly, we will be OK.”
Football Insider verdict:
Poor old Joey barton…. Although he won’t get much sympathy from either Celtic or Rangers fans. It’s probably the only thing they will agree on this weekend. All the talking will get settled on the pitch at Ibrox tomorrow and it’s interesting to hear McGregor say that Rangers will do better this time. He’s obviously expecting a closer game and we think it could go down as an all-time classic if both teams turn up. And with this build up, how could they not?