Rangers go into Sunday’s Old Firm clash with Celtic looking to blow the title race wide open with a win over their bitter rivals but – despite all the noises coming from Celtic – the Gers are under no pressure to get a result at Ibrox against Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The Celtic manager, Scott Brown and a host of current and former Parkhead stars have come out in the last few days and parroted the club line that it is the hosts who are under all the pressure and, regardless of the result, nothing changes for the defending champions.
A win for Rangers will see the Gers close the gap at the top of the table to three points and could even see Graeme Murty’s side draw level by the time the Hoops next play a league game – albeit with two games in hand.
Win, lose or draw the Gers have exceeded the expectations of almost everyone following Pedro Caixinha’s sacking in October, when the Light Blues were languishing in fourth place in the Scottish Premiership table.
Gers fans will, rightly, have an eye on a surprise title success but there will be very, very, few who will see winning the Premiership as being make-or-break for Murty’s long-term future at the club.
Across the city, a defeat for the Hoops would leave fans asking serious questions about Rodgers’ inability to beat an Under-20’s coach managing a team of what they believe to be has-beens and journeymen.
Rodgers, Brown, Callum McGregor and everyone else who has spoken about the “noise” coming from Ibrox this week can dress it up however they want – there is only one team under pressure at Ibrox on Sunday, and it is Celtic who are sweating.