Former Celtic boss Davie Hay has boldly predicted his old team should win Sunday’s Old Firm clash comfortably at Ibrox if they play to the best of their abilities.

The Bhoys know that if they triumph at Ibrox for the fourth successive game they will all but clinch their seventh consecutive league title, and Hay expects them to pick up the three points if they get the basics right.

“The bottom line is that if Celtic play to their full capabilities then they should come out of this game with all three points. Play the way that they can and it should be relatively comfortable for them” Hay said, as quoted in his column in the Evening Times.

“For all that there has been talk of the lead being relatively narrow, it is a game changer really if Celtic can get the win. For most of us that would be the end of any title challenge talk.”

The two Old Firm clashes so far this season saw the Hoops win 2-0 at Ibrox in September thanks to goals from Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths, whilst the match at Celtic Park in December ended goalless.

The teams are also set to twice in a week next month, with the Scottish Cup semi-final on April 15th and the last league meeting of the season on the 22nd.

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Football Insider verdict

The former Hoops boss is correct, if Brendan Rodgers’ side do play to the best of their abilities then there is no question that they should come away with three points from Ibrox. The big question is will they play well on the day, as in far too many matches this season the Hoops have failed to turn up, particularly in Europe. Rodgers’ side know what to do, the majority of players have been there before, which might give them the edge over their rivals who will have a few players making their Old Firm debuts. The bottom line is though, that if the Hoops are sensible then they should be celebrating at Ibrox after the game.

In other Celtic news, Callum McGregor has had a dig at Joey Barton.

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