Gavin Rae: This can help Rangers triumph over Celtic on Saturday
By Harvey Byrne
Former Rangers midfielder Gavin Rae believes the Ibrox club can take heart from their previous results against Celtic this season ahead of Saturday’s Old Firm clash.
The two Glasgow giants are currently preparing to face each other for the sixth and final time of the season this weekend with the two sides scheduled to play at Ibrox in the 12.00pm kick off.
The Gers have so far found it difficult against Brendan Rodgers’ men and have suffered four defeats alongside one draw in their previous five meetings.
However, Rae, who was part of the Rangers midfield for three years between 2004 and 2007 has told how the current team can take heart from the previous 1-1 draw and narrow 2-1 defeat at Ibrox.
“After losing at Parkhead, I remember the next three games all being very close — yet Celtic won all of them by a single goal,” told Rae, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
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“It was nip and tuck all the way, but maybe when you look back they just edged it because of the confidence they’d built up from earlier in the season.
“It was extremely frustrating at the time but we just couldn’t catch a break.
“I’m sure the Rangers lads will be going through a similar thing. Yes, Celtic have been outstanding at times, but Rangers can take heart from the 1-1 draw at Parkhead and also the narrow 2-1 loss at Ibrox in the league.
“If you are not winning games from week to week during the season, then confidence can disappear.
“But Rangers have won more games than they’ve lost in the league, so that will help.
“I genuinely think they will believe they can finally turn the corner and get a positive result against Celtic.”
Rangers are in their first season back in the Scottish top-flight since their demotion in 2012 and they currently sit in third place.
However, they do sit a massive 33 points behind rivals Celtic, who are unbeaten after 33 matches and have been able to establish their dominance over Scotland since the Gers’ demotion.
Both sides will be aiming for victory once more this weekend with Rangers looking to creep into second place, while Celtic aim to complete the entire league campaign unbeaten.
In other Rangers news, Tam McManus has blasted Pedro Caixinha’s decision to leave out this duo against Celtic on Sunday.