Celtic icon John Collins has admitted that Rangers have made a lot of progress in the past few months and that he has been disappointed with Brendan Rodgers’ side’s form as of late.

The two fierce rivals will come head-to-head at Ibrox on Sunday in what promises to be the be the biggest Old Firm derby that the Scottish Premiership has seen since Rangers’ financial meltdown in 2012.

Collins played in plenty of all-Glasgow clashes during his six-year playing career at Parkhead but he has now been raving about the impact that Graeme Murty has made at Ibrox, especially since the January transfer window with the signings that he has welcomed to the side.

“Rangers have definitely made progress, especially in the last three months,” Collins said to Sky Sports.

“He [Murty] has got his new signings in, Rangers are on a good run, are scoring goals and Celtic have dropped their standards, both defensively and offensively.

“Rangers haven’t been anywhere near it for the last few years but the loan signings made in January have hit the ground running and they are playing good football.”

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Football Insider verdict

Rangers have been terrific since the January transfer window closed and there will be a few out there who would think they are favourites to win this weekend. Celtic have not been at their best but in the big domestic games they really do perform well, especially defensively. However with Craig Gordon out injured and worries over other defensive players, there’s a chance that Rodgers’ back-line could be seriously exposed to what is currently the most lethal attacking force in Scottish football. Alfredo Morelos and Josh Windass are in dangerous form and the threat of Jason Cummings off the bench is something that the Bhoys must be wary of. It is really hard to call which way this one is going to go.

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