Former Rangers striker Peter Lovenkrands thinks the last two Old Firm clashes are proof that the gap between Rangers and Celtic is closing – and called Sunday’s Old Firm clash a chance for the current squad to become “heroes.”
The Glasgow giants meet at Hampden in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup on Sunday and the Gers’ Academy coach doesn’t think “anyone can argue” that the gap between the two sides is closing.
Lovenkrands points to the previous two meetings, a 0-0 draw and 3-2 win for Celtic, and boldly claims Graeme Murty’s side were “unlucky” not to have taken more from them.
“I don’t think anyone can argue with that because it is there for all to see,” Lovenkrands said, as quoted by the Sunday Post.
“If you look at the last two derbies, Rangers were competitive in both games and unlucky not to take more from them.
“This is a one-off game and we will be going in to win it and put the club within 90 minutes of a trophy.
“It is a chance for the current Rangers team to become heroes.”
The Light Blues haven’t won against Celtic since a penalty triumph at the same stage of the Scottish Cup in 2016.
Murty’s side had the ideal preparation for the Old Firm clash with a 4-0 win over Dundee at Ibrox on Saturday through goals from Kenny Miller, Alfredo Morelos, Jamie Murphy and Alfredo Morelos.
The win over Neil McCann’s side puts the Gers back into second in the Scottish Premiership after Aberdeen lost 2-0 to Hearts at Tynecastle on Saturday.
Football Insider verdict:
The gap is clearly closing between the two sides – 12 months ago Celtic were over 30 points clear of Rangers in the league – and it is only a matter of time before the Gers get back to consistently competing, and even securing victory, over their bitter rivals. After taking two draws at Celtic Park under Graeme Murty, the Light Blues were disappointed to lose the most recent meeting between the sides 3-2 and will have that fresh in their memories when they take to the field at the national stadium next weekend. Can it drive them to victory? Only time will tell, but Murty, the players and the fans will all be hoping to end the winless run against the Hoops.
In other Rangers news, Celtic are in the running to sign this former Light Blues player in a shock summer transfer.