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30th Dec, 2016 | 10:24am

Halliday explains why Rangers should be confident against Celtic

By Dominic Toner

Andy Halliday believes that home advantage will help Rangers hugely against Old Firm rivals Celtic.

The Gers host Celtic on Saturday in the Scottish Premiership and will be looking to avenge the 5-1 defeat in the last league meeting.

Mark Warburton’s side suffered a humiliating defeat on the opening day of the season to their rivals, but gave a much better account of themselves in the narrow 1-0 loss in the Scottish League Cup semi-final.

Rangers are extremely strong at Ibrox and are undefeated at home in the league this season.

Halliday claims that the club’s supporters will once again play a massive role in the highly anticipated clash on Saturday.

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“We have got home advantage, we have the backing of the 50,000 fans that have turned up everywhere we have gone this season and they have certainly been a big 12th man for us,” Halliday said, as quoted by the club’s official website. “We have not lost a league game at home since the gaffer came here so we need to keep that going in Saturday and get the win.”

Rangers will go into the derby with good confidence after winning four of their last five games, but did slip in a 1-1 draw against St Johnstone in the last game.

They are currently second-placed in the table and have opened up a five point-gap over Aberdeen in third.

Celtic are set to a be a huge challenge though for Warburton’s side as they have won 18 of the 19 league games this season, with the only slip up coming in a 2-2 draw against Inverness.

Brendan Rodgers’ team are the runaway leaders at the top of the table and are 16 points ahead of Rangers.

In other Rangers news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to Joe Garner’s performance against St Johnstone.