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Chris Sutton pinpoint Rangers pressure on Steven Gerrard ahead of Celtic showdown

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Chris Sutton pinpoint Rangers pressure on Steven Gerrard ahead of Celtic showdown

Chris Sutton has claimed it will be “unforgivable” if Rangers manager Steven Gerrard doesn’t set his side out to attack against Celtic in the Old Firm derby.

The Light Blues travel to their greatest rivals on Sunday afternoon for a league encounter, with the Bhoys currently 10 points clear at the top of the table.

Celtic won their first meeting of the season at Parkhead 1-0, but it was the Gers who recorded a 1-0 victory in the most recent game between the two teams at Ibrox.

Gerrard’s side were on the front foot and deserved three points when they won the Old Firm derby back in December.


Pundit Sutton is adamant that Rangers need to once again adopt a direct approach and be on the front foot to be competitive.

“Make no mistake, he’s had two transfer windows. This is Gerrard’s team which is going to Parkhead and no-one else’s,” Sutton wrote in the Daily Record.

“For his sake, Rangers need to perform and get a result. And he can’t sit in and try to defend as he did in the last visit to Parkhead. Not having seen his side go at Celtic and gain success last time. It would be unforgivable.”

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TBR’s View:

It really is a huge fixture for Gerrard, as a heavy defeat would suggest that barely any progress has been made throughout the season.

Rangers do need to play with a high intensity at Parkhead and try match Celtic man for man, but at the same time it would be suicide to go all guns blazing at the start.

Gerrard’s team need to try deal with the crowd in the early stages and as they grow into the contest be brave in possession.

They definitely have the players within the group to cause real problems and a win at the weekend would be a real statement.

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