Huge Rangers v Celtic clash could have massive impact on Scottish game
Rangers and Celtic go head-to-head on Sunday in a crucial Old Firm clash which could have a huge impact on the Scottish Premiership title race but – depending on the result – it could have far wider-reaching effects on the Glasgow giants.
Going into the lunchtime clash at Ibrox, the Light Blues haven’t beaten their rivals in the league in six years and finished miles off the pace last season in their first campaign back in the Scottish Premiership.
This time around though, the Gers are only six points behind their bitter rivals and are in fine form after winning their last six games in a row.
This run of wins has brought a huge amount of confidence to Graeme Murty’s side and a win over Brendan Rodgers’ side would give the Gers a real chance of making a late charge for the title and end a seven-year wait for a major trophy.
If the Gers come away with three points it could also have a massive effect on both managers’ futures at their respective clubs with Murty almost certain to be handed the reins at Ibrox long-term while Rodgers may start looking at bit more serious for a way out.
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The Celtic manager has arguably achieved all he can in Scotland after a little less than two seasons and without the phenomenal investment needed to compete in the Champions League then, if Rodgers sees himself having future at a higher level than the Scottish Premiership, he’ll need to seriously consider moving.
Were his side to be sitting on Sunday night only three points ahead of their rivals, there might just be a consideration given to the fact that nobody wants to be the Celtic manager who loses the title back to Rangers.
It is bad enough for any Rangers or Celtic boss to lose the title to their bitter rivals – but to be the man who does it after the Gers have climbed back up from the fourth tier of Scottish football while the Hoops had unchallenged access to the Champions League riches for six years?
That’s a distinction nobody wants on their CV, nevermind a manager who will surely have ambitions to manager a top Premier League club again.