Steven Naismith has made the boldly claimed that the underdog usually comes out on top in the Old Firm clash – even though Rangers are yet to beat Celtic since returning to the Premiership.
The former Rangers striker knows that his old side are massive underdogs going into Saturday’s match at Celtic Park, but he has insisted that won’t make a difference in the match as form goes out of the window in the derby.
“In most Old Firm games I played in, the team going into it as the underdog came out of it on top”, he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“It is more about the fight and desire and what it means to you as a squad, than who has the best squad. It doesn’t matter about who has the best form, because that goes out the window.
“It was always a real battle to get the points in the New Year fixture.”
Naismith had some epic battles with Celtic during his time at Ibrox, he was sent-off for diving in a memorable 2-2 Scottish Cup draw in 2011 between the teams but made up for by scoring twice in a 4-2 win at Ibrox later that year.
The Gers go into Saturday’s game trailing their old rivals by 11 points in the Scottish Premiership table, with few people giving them a chance of getting a result.
It’s a similar situation to the game between the teams at Celtic Park last March, where a Graeme Murty managed Rangers side managed to scramble a 1-1 draw thanks to a late equaliser by Clint Hill.
The Gers go into Saturday’s game on an indifferent run of form, as their 2-1 loss to Kilmarnock was followed by a 2-0 win over Motherwell, which keeps them just three points behind Aberdeen in the battle for second place in the Scottish Premiership.
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