By Abigail Withey
Former Rangers striker Marco Negri believes that Saturday’s Old Firm clash against Celtic will be a test for Pedro Caixinha’s side and will highlight any issues within the squad.
The Light Blues host Brendan Rodgers’ side at Ibrox on Saturday in the first derby between the two clubs this season.
Negri, who played for the Gers between 1997 and 2001, has reflected upon the amount of signings the boss has made this summer and believes the squad will face a shock this weekend.
He has also back summer signing Alfredo Morelos to be the key player in the derby showdown.
“The club have signed so many new players and they need time to grow together but it’s not always easy to get it at a club the size of Rangers,” the retired striker explained, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“This is a test of how far Rangers have come under Caixinha and how far they still need to go.
“The atmosphere of the Old Firm can come as a shock but I still have confidence in my former team.
“And with Morelos in such good form, anything can happen.”
Morelos has settled in well at the Glaswegian club after joining over the summer transfer window and has had an impressive run of results over the current campaign.
The 21-year-old has scored eight goals in just ten appearances since moving from HJK Helsinki and will undoubtedly be a main feature in the Light Blues’ squad which face the Hoops.
Caixinha’s side will be missing skipper Lee Wallace on Saturday after he was sidelined during last Friday’s Premiership clash against Partick Thistle at Firhill and looks to be out for up to two months with a thigh issue.
Also absent from the squad looks to be fellow defender Bruno Alves who has suffered an injury to his calf.