The absence of fans at Celtic Park this weekend will be “a massive advantage” to Rangers, according to Frank McAvennie.

The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that Steven Gerrard’s side will “not be scared” going to Celtic Park with no fans in attendance.

The first Old Firm clash of the season, like the majority of matches so far in the 2020/21 campaign, will be played behind closed doors amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Leon Balogun, Cedric Itten, Calvin Bassey, Jon McLaughlin, Bongani Zungu and Kemar Roofe are but some of the some Gers players who would make their first Old Firm appearance on Saturday.

McAvennie claims Rangers could “reap the benefits” of the fixture being staged behind closed doors.

“It is going to be a massive advantage to Rangers, going to Celtic Park with no fans,” he told Football Insider.

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“There are quite a few new players who will be playing in their first Old Firm on Saturday. Celtic and Rangers are big club and it is difficult to hit the ground running.

“Not all players can handle the expectation of winning every game. It is huge on some players. Some players have benefited from the lack of fans this season.

“I do not think the Rangers players will be scared to go to Celtic Park with no fans. It will not be the same and Steven Gerrard will be telling them it is just another game.

“It is a big pressure when the crowd is in. They do not let you off with anything. Rangers could reap the benefits of that.”

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