There has been plenty of talk in the build-up to the Old Firm game on Sunday about how Rangers have closed the gap on Celtic, and indeed Graeme Murty’s side have played well in recent weeks.
But one aspect of the game which seems to have been forgotten about is that many of their players who are set to be involved lack the experience of playing in the unique atmosphere of the Old Firm clash.
The Gers have made some good signings in January, with the likes of Jamie Murphy, Jason Cummings and Greg Docherty all joining the club, and while those players have played in Scotland before, they haven’t turned out in an Old Firm derby.
In comparison, Celtic have the likes of Scott Brown, the man who has dominated the fixture since it returned and had a huge impact in matches between the sides before Rangers’ liquidation, as well as James Forrest, the Hoops’ best player this season, who is also a veteran of the fixture.
Graeme Murty’s side lack a player who has seen and done it all in the tempestuous clash, while Brown and Forrest have done it all for the Bhoys.
Knowing a trip to Ibrox won’t phase the pair, that experience of past ties may be enough to give the Hoops the edge in a vital match.
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