Chris Sutton has delivered a stinging response to the Rangers dressing room celebrations, claiming that the Rangers players will be “sh*****g themselves tonight”.
In his column in the Daily Record, Sutton said that Rangers celebrating drawing Celtic would have been “music to my ears if I was still a Celtic player”.
Sutton says that the result of the match all comes down to whether Celtic turn up or not.
He says that they’ve been poor this season – by their standards – and Rangers have been better, although he says they couldn’t have been much worse.
If celtic do turn up, he doesn’t think it’s going to be a contest.
“I’d see this as brilliant opportunity. Deep down I’d be thinking, this is a chance to prove you’re not really up to much – and we’re going to bash you.
“The motivation for Celtic should come from the fact they’ve not been very good this season and it’s about time they did something about it.
“But the ridiculous stuff from the Rangers dressing room only cranks it up a notch.
“This is a great chance for Celtic to shut Rangers up and put them back in their box.
“I wouldn’t be shouting from the rooftops. I would be quietly going about my business but thinking we are going to give you such a lesson you won’t know what’s hit you.
“Rangers came out celebrating a draw the last time when they should have been kicking themselves for not winning.
“That just showed how mentally weak they are and I’d be out to capitalise by wiping the floor with them this time.”
Football Insider verdict:
This is really cranking up the rhetoric ahead of the Old Firm derby like only Sutton can do. Celtic fans will love the call to arms, Rangers fans will be absolutely enraged. But they’ll be used to it by now and will love the opportunity to get one over on both him and their bitter rivals on Sunday. We think the match will be closer than Sutton thinks, and it will probably come down to who has the clamer heads on the day. The pressure on both teams is immense after all the talking – which at times has seemed more like the build-up to a Conor McGregor fight than a football match. On Sunday the talking stops and the players have to step up.