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10th Mar, 2018 | 5:22pm

'How far we have come' - Murty makes huge claim about Rangers squad v Celtic

Rangers manager Graeme Murty thinks his side have improved since last time they faced Old Firm rivals Celtic – ahead of the pair clashing on Sunday in a huge Scottish Premiership fixture.

The sides drew 0-0 at Celtic Park on December 30th with the Light Blues unlucky not to have come away with a surprise win over Brendan Rodgers’ side.

The Gers go into this Old Firm clash after winning their last six games and are confident they can grab the club’s first league win over their city rivals in six years.

Murty believes Sunday’s clash will be the “biggest test” his side have faced so far since the addition of five new faces in the January window and has made the huge claim that they are capable of causing problems for any Scottish Premiership side.

“We are going to find out but I think we are stronger than we were,” Murty said, as quoted by the Belfast Telegraph.

“I think people would acknowledge that. We are a different kind of team and I would say our people in form are capable of causing anyone a problem.

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“This is the biggest test we currently have and we have got a group of players who are really positive, really hungry and desperate to do well, which is a great thing.

“This is the first time people are talking about the game, which is a real positive to me in how far we have come as a football club and a squad, and it will be a really good marker along our journey into the place we want to be and the team we want to be.”

If Murty’s side can come away with three points against the Hoops they will close the gap to their bitter rivals at the top of the Scottish Premiership and blow the title race wide open although defeat would almost certainly kill off any title charge.

The Light Blues have only failed to win in one game since the winter break as they have reeled in their city rivals.

Football Insider verdict:

There’s no doubting the Gers are a better side than the last time they faced their bitter rivals and they can have real confidence that they can take three points against Brendan Rodgers’ side. Murty deserves a lot of credit for the way he has turned the Gers around since taking over in October and will surely have propelled himself to the top of the list of candidates for the manager’s job at Ibrox in the summer. For the first time there’s a confidence amongst Gers fans that they can take something from their rivals and that is down to the way Murty has got the Light Blues playing.

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