Rangers goalkeeper Jak Alwick has insisted there is no “mental barrier” stopping the Gers from beating bitter rivals Celtic – and thinks getting over that hurdle is part of the club’s recovery “process.”
Last week’s Hampden semi-final defeat extended the Gers club record run of games without a win against the Hoops to over two years.
The sides meet for the final time this season on Sunday and Alnwick believes that the Gers have the character to deal with the “tough things” in football.
“There’s no mental barrier. We know that it is a process from where we have been to where we are going to,” Alnwick said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“We know we have come close against them a couple of times this season but that is not what we want — we want to beat them.
“But for us to get close to them after where the club has been in recent seasons, I think is a process.
“That is why you have got characters in the dressing room. You are going to have things like that to deal with in football, tough things to deal with.”
Sunday’s clash could see Celtic crowned champions with a win over the Light Blues with the Gers desperate to avoid the shame of watching their rivals clinch the title.
With the Gers still fighting to secure secnd in the Scottish Premiership, Graeme Murty’s side won’t want to drop points and potentially lose ground on Aberdeen before the two sides meet in a few weeks.
Football Insider verdict:
There might not be a mental block but there is something stopping the Gers from beating their rivals and it needs resolved immediately. A win over Celtic on Sunday and delaying their title party for another week would be a nice little boost for Gers fans after a shambles of a season and give them something to build from going into next season – as well as further frustrating their Glasgow counterparts. Brendan Rodgers’ side will no doubt be fired-up to win the title at home so the Gers will need to be at their very best to stand a chance of taking something from the game.
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