Rangers manager Graeme Murty has admitted his side “didn’t turn up” against Celtic last weekend in the 4-0 Scottish Cup thrashing at Hampden – but insisted his side know they need to represent themselves in the “correct manner” when they meet again on Sunday.
Murty takes his side across Glasgow for the final Old Firm clash of the season as they look to delay Brendan Rodgers’ side from having a title party and securing their seventh successive title.
The Gers boss confessed that it was a “massive game” for the Gers and was adamant there are “no bigger” games than Rangers v Celtic.
“I see it as a massive game for this football club,” Murty said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“That’s why the split was introduced, to give us massive games every week, and there is no bigger than Rangers and Celtic.
“We didn’t turn up at the last one in a way which would represent ourselves in a correct manner. We know that.
“We started back today by doing simple things really well with intensity and quality. We need to do more of the same.”
The meeting between the two sides will be the first time they have met with the league at stake since 1999 when the Gers won the title at Celtic Park amid shameful scenes.
The Light Blues are still level on points with Aberdeen in the league and will be desperate for the Dons to drop points next weekend.
Football Insider verdict
Ruining Celtic’s title party would be a nice little thing for Rangers fans to briefly enjoy next weekend if they can do enough to avoid the Hoops mathematically clinching it. There are few games anywhere in the world that come close to an Old Firm and one with some silverware at stake is always that little bit bigger. Although the season hasn’t ended particularly well for the Gers, a win over Celtic would at least give a small silver lining for them. If the Gers actually turn up this time, there really isn’t all that much between the two sides – Celtic have only won two more games than Rangers in the Scottish Premiership all season.
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