Kennedy will have no problem inspiring Celtic stars v Rangers amid Sturgeon update - Whelan

Interim Celtic boss John Kennedy must use the prospect of ruining Rangers’ unbeaten season to motivate the troops ahead of Sunday’s clash.

That is according to ex-Scottish Premiership striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Nicola Sturgeon revealed that the Glasgow derby had not yet been given the green light to go ahead.

The Scottish First Minister has admonished both clubs for their conduct throughout the pandemic and fears supporters may flout rules on Sunday.

Though no fans will be in attendance, the fixture will be an emotionally charged occasion after Rangers were confirmed as champions last Sunday.

Steven Gerrard’s side have dropped just eight points all season and are eyeing what would be just a second unbeaten campaign in the club’s history.

Whelan believes that derailing Rangers’ invincible dream is a huge incentive for Celtc and that it may restore a semblance of pride to the Parkhead fanbase.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “I think that’s the only incentive they can have, bragging rights and trying to make that first dint in Rangers’ unbeaten season.

“They need to bring that little bit of pride back to the football club with a win over the newly-crowned champions. They’ve got to show that bit of fight.

“I’m sure Kennedy will be happy because it kind of takes care of itself, this kind of game. They need to put in a phenomenal effort to show Celtic fans they’ve got that fight, drive and belief.

“Celtic fans are looking to regain some pride and that’s the only way the blow can be softened, by beating their Old Firm rivals.”

Rangers have a 20 point lead over their city rivals going into Sunday’s clash.

Celtic went undefeated themselves under Brendan Rodgers in the 2016-17 campaign.

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