Rangers

Former Celtic star Simon Donnelly has said that the shoe is on the other foot from when he was playing in Old Firm derbies with Rangers now suffering the “hoodoo”.

The Hoops have dominated results over their fierce rivals in recent years, going unbeaten against the Gers in their last nine meetings, with seven of those ending in victory for the Parkhead side.

Donnelly says that the Light Blues’ poor form when coming head-to-head with Celtic will be playing on their minds now, insisting that he believes that the mental pressure was behind the recent 3-2 loss at Ibrox, and compared it to when he was part of the Hoops side which suffered a string of bad results against their neighbours back in the 1990s.

He also predicts that the rut will continue when the clubs meet in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park, stating that the quality between the two sides is still too big a bridge to gap.

He was quoted by BT Sport as saying: “Celtic kind of have a hoodoo over Rangers at the moment. I experienced that myself back in the day but it was the other way around.

“I think it played on them at Ibrox. There was that lack of belief as Celtic came back twice. I think they had to get two goals in front to get the real belief.

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“The longer the run goes the harder it gets.

“I would expect Celtic to win the semi-final. They are going for a back-to-back treble and I think they have the players that will edge it.”

Football Insider verdict

Donnelly makes a good point to highlight that two decades ago, it was the Gers tasting dominance over their fiercest rivals and picking up the silverware, so the Hoops should be wary about the pendulum swinging back after their current run. Of course, Rangers suffered the financial implosion and have had to rebuild from the bottom, but they are back to being Celtic’s closest contenders, and the gap will likely continue to shrink, although it may be some time before they are ever on level pegging. The Hoops have European money coming their way and Rangers need to get back onto the continent and boost their financial clout – so their failure to secure Europa League football at the beginning of this season has pegged them back for another year.

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