Rangers manager Graeme Murty has revealed he plans to put his side through their paces in a closed-door game this week ahead of facing Celtic in Sunday’s huge Old Firm clash at Ibrox.
The Glasgow giants go head-to-head in a match which could potentially leave the Hoops with one hand on the Scottish Premiership trophy or blow the title race wide open.
With six points separating the sides in the table, Murty’s side need to win against their bitter rivals and the Gers boss revealed there were some areas of the 4-1 Scottish Cup win he wasn’t happy with and wanted to cover with his squad first.
“Some people are going to rest and relax; some people are going to get numerous massages and down days, but some people have to get some minutes in,” Murty told RangersTV, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“So we are going to try and get a closed-door game so we can get some minutes into some people to make sure they are sharp enough to go and perform when called upon.
“Then, we can start to build towards Celtic towards the end of the week.
“We need to debrief the Falkirk game first though as there are certain aspects that I wasn’t very happy with, and I think the squad are the same.”
Murty is undefeated in two Old Firm games over is two stints in charge of the Light Blues after picking up two draws at Celtic Park.
The Light Blues have won nine of their ten games since the winter break and will go into the clash with Brendan Rodgers’ side full of confidence and desperate to beat their rivals in the league for the first time since 2012.
Football Insider verdict:
Unless Murty is planning on either bringing in players who need match fitness or is planning a tactical tweak, a closed-doors game seems a bit unnecessary with only seven days between the Gers’ fixtures. With Declan John having missed the last two games and Jamie Murphy sitting out the win over Falkirk it could be an opportunity for them to prove they are fit ahead of the Old Firm. Murty better hope his side don’t pick up any injuries in a closed-door game which could jeapordise his side’s chances of winning on Sunday afternoon.