Frank McAvennie has tipped Celtic to upset runaway leaders Rangers with a 2-1 victory at Ibrox in Saturdays’s mouthwatering showdown.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hoops striker “will stick my neck out” by backing his old side to breathe new life into the title race in the biggest fixture of the domestic season so far.
Rangers go into the 12.30pm kick-off a remarkable 16 points clear at the Scottish Premiership summit, although Celtic do have three matches in hand.
Steven Gerrard’s team are unbeaten from their 21 league matches and have taken a remarkable 59 points out of a possible 63 in a formidable pursuit of their first title in 10 years.
By contrast, Celtic have spluttered and struggled but have won their last four Scottish Premiership fixtures and appear to have turned a corner after the board ignored vocal calls from supporters for Neil Lennon to be sacked last month.
“Both sides are going into it on form so it promises to be one hell of a game,” McAvennie told Football Insider.
“You have got to look forward to these matches, if you do not you should not be playing football.
“It is a close one to call but I will stick my neck out and say Celtic will stick the cat amongst the pigeons and nick it 2-1. The form book will go out of the window.
“If Rangers lose this game, the season is not over but if Celtic lose I think it could be.
“I will never say never until it is mathematically impossible but this is a must-win for Celtic in my eyes.”