By Russell Edge

25th Apr, 2018 | 9:54am

Rangers must follow in Celtic footsteps as Brown turns tables ahead of derby day


While Rangers would have been hoping to have closed the gap to fierce rivals Celtic this season, the Hoops have shown they are still a class above when it comes to match day.

The Scottish heavyweights have faced off against each other four times this season but the Light Blues have only been able to snatch a single point from a possible nine, their hard-fought 0-0 draw at the end of December the high point among the many lows.

The 4-0 thrashing in the semi finals of the Scottish Cup was by far the worst of the quartet of games for the Blue half of Glasgow, despite much noise coming from Ibrox about how it could have been their time to sink the Hoops’ hopes.

While the pre-match build up failed to pay off for the Gers, they have been given an immediate chance to bounce back with a Premiership clash at Parkhead just two weeks after their last meeting – and Hoops captain Scott Brown has turned the tables around and given the Light Blues the chance to follow in their rivals’ footsteps.

This time it has been the Bhoys star who has been ramping up tensions between the two sides and goading the Gers, first by twisting the knife over the dressing room bust-up after the clash at Hampden Park, before he went on to say that Hibernian, not Rangers, were the second best side in Scotland.

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His comments will do doubt irk the Ibrox faithful but it is also the chance for Graeme Murty to use them as ammunition to get his side fired up for Sunday – just as the Hoops would have done over the Gers’ statements prior to the semi final.

With the prospect of denying Celtic the Premiership title for another week on top, the Bears should have enough motivation to go and take the game to their rivals – whether they can pick up a result is another matter.

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