Noel Whelan claims that Celtic hold the advantage over Rangers ahead of Sunday’s League Cup final thanks to the clubs’ respective midweek results.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aberdeen and Leeds striker says that the Hoops’ confidence will have been boosted by the win over Hamilton.
Scott Brown netted an injury-time winner on Wednesday night to send the Bhoys two points clear at the top of the table, Rangers finding themselves held to a 2-2 draw at Aberdeen.
With Celtic vying for their 10th successive domestic trophy in Scotland, Whelan says it is Neil’s Lennon men who hold the clear advantage after Wednesday’s differing results.
“There’s so many good players playing well for Celtic at the minute and you just wonder have they got a little bit too much class, a little bit too much know-how?” Whelan told Football Insider.
“Rangers will give them a game, there’s no doubt about that. I just think Celtic have been in this position so many times, they’ve been in so many finals and under this pressure, they know how to handle it.
“They’re coming off the back of a good 2-1 win, scoring in the 90th minute, that’s going to do a hell of a lot for your confidence and your attitude going into a final.
“It’s just whether Rangers can deal with the fact they’ve dropped two points – sometimes a draw feels like a defeat.”
The first meeting between the two Glasgow rivals this season ended 2-0 to the Hoops, Rangers winger Jordan Jones sent off for a rash tackle in which he injured himself.
Celtic and Rangers will meet again at the end of December, the Bhoys playing host at Parkhead.