Rangers

By Richard Parks

Kris Commons has raved about Rangers’ offensive threat ahead of Sunday’s Old Firm showdown against Celtic.

The Ibrox giants have won six consecutive matches and scored 23 goals with some impressive attacking play that has breathed some life into what had become a moribund title race.

Rangers will narrow the gap on leaders Celtic in the Scottish Premiership to three points if they can win the most eagerly awaited Glasgow derby since 2012.

Asked what had impressed him most about Rangers in recent times, ex-Celtic player Commons told Sky Sports News, as quoted by the Sky Sports Scotland Twitter account, “It’s a remarkable run. Earlier on in the season there had been a lot of chaos around the structure of the club, their manager and the signings.

“What Graeme Murty has done particularly well is get the best out of his forward players. You’ve got [Jamie] Murphy, [Josh] Windass, [Daniel] Candeias has been playing really well on the right flank, and obviously [Alfredo] Morelos. Keeping him amid a lot of transfer speculation has been key.

“They’re scoring at will, are attractive going forward and look a big threat. There are still question marks in defence, with a lot of chopping and changing in recent weeks. Over the two games against Hamilton they conceded five goals, which has to be a concern against Celtic, who are very good going forward, too.”

Football Insider verdict:

It is clear that Rangers’ fabulous foursome of Morelos, Murphy, Windass and Candeias are the dangermen to Celtic ahead of the most mouthwatering Old Firm in half a decade. Some excellent January acquisitions, when Celtic were strangely quiet, has provided Murty with a stronger squad, and the Light Blues have also kept hold of key men such as Morelos, Windass and their impressive right-back James Tavernier. Sunday’s showdown promises goals and excitement. If Rangers can get enough of the ball to their attacking players, a famous win is certainly a possibility.

In other Rangers news, the club are firmly in the running to sign a goal machine from north-west English high flyers.

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