Barry Ferguson has told the Daily Record that he is backing Rangers to all but shut the door on their title rivals by winning 2-1 in Saturday’s Old Firm clash at Ibrox.
Steven Gerrard’s side have a golden opportunity to move a big step closer to the Scottish Premiership title this weekend.
The Gers host Celtic knowing that they could go 19 points clear at the top of the table. Of course, the visitors will still have three games in hand. But they will require plenty of snookers if they want to win their 10th league title in a row.
Rangers won the previous meeting. And the Light Blues boast a flawless record at Ibrox. Remarkably, they have scored 32 goals and conceded just one in those 10 home games.
So perhaps it should come as no surprise that Ferguson has backed the Gers to secure the victory this weekend.
“I really do believe Gerrard and his players are more than aware of what will be required,” he told the Daily Record. “They know this is their chance to go for the throat. Just as Celtic know this could be their last chance to get back on their feet.”
“With so much on the line I honestly can’t wait for kick-off. And if you’re asking for my big-match prediction then I’ll go for a 2-1 Rangers win. Like I say, now is not the time to start letting up.”
Not only can Rangers target extending their lead, but they can also set their sights on halting Celtic’s momentum.
After coming in for so much criticism in recent months, Neil Lennon has managed to oversee a really good run of form. They have won their last six, including four in the league.
So it would be a huge blow for the Bhoys if Ferguson is correct in his prediction.