John Hartson: These are the three words I have for Rangers players ahead of Celtic clash
By Alex Stevens
John Hartson has claimed Rangers should be terrified of another humiliation at the hands of Celtic in Sunday’s Old Firm clash.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have already beaten their Glasgow rivals three times this season, twice in the league and once en route to winning the Scottish League Cup.
Most memorably of all, Celtic demolished Rangers 5-1 at Parkhead in September, when Moussa Dembele gave notice of a special talent when he marked his Old Firm debut with a hat-trick.
Former Celtic striker Hartson gives Rangers little hope of causing an upset as the Bhoys continue their relentless march towards a sixth consecutive Scottish Premiership title.
“Even the Rangers players must fear another humiliation,” wrote Hartson in his Scottish Sun column. “As they step off their team coach on Sunday morning they will be terrified it’s about to happen again.
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“If they’re not I’ve got three words for them. They should be.
“Celtic are a different animal from Rangers right now. They’re so much fitter, quicker and stronger as a team, I look at them and think they’re ferocious.
“They’re playing with a confidence and belief that makes it almost impossible to see how Rangers can take anything from the game.
“They have been left utterly embarrassed by Celtic at Parkhead once already this season.”
Rangers will be managed by caretaker Graeme Murty for a sixth consecutive match on Sunday as the deal to appoint incoming manager Pedro Caixinha has not been sealed in time.
Murty has overseen the Light Blues for the last five games, which have yielded three wins and two defeats.
It is expected that Portugese Caixinha will be at Parkhead to watch the match from the stands as he assesses his new charges for the first time.