Mo Elyounoussi has told Celtic’s official website that he and his teammates need to be wary of the Ibrox support ahead of Sunday’s Old Firm derby against Rangers – if, of course, the game goes ahead.
Elyounoussi, 25, has made a solid start to life at Celtic since joining the Scottish champions last summer on loan until the end of the season from Southampton. He has had a hand in 13 goals during his 20 outings, scoring seven and creating six.
The current state of the coronavirus outbreak means that the Old Firm derby is unlikely to take place, but confirmation of the fixture being cancelled is yet to be announced. A win for Celtic would see them go 16 points clear at the top of the table.
Elyounoussi, who can be bought for a permanent fee of £9million (Record), spoke about the support at Ibrox and that Rangers will be aggressive on the pitch – but he is confident of securing all three points, if the game is on.
“The Hampden atmosphere was electric, but it was surreal as well because of the 50/50 split. It’s going be a different story at Ibrox, but we want to give our fans something to cheer about and be as loud as they possible can be,” Elyounoussi said.
“I expect there will be a lot of tension around the stadium, I expect it will be physical on the pitch, I expect it will be an aggressive game – but I’m confident that if we keep our composure, then we can take three points home with us.”
TBR’s view – A win for Celtic removes any doubt of Rangers title chance
If there are any doubts over Celtic landing a ninth consecutive Scottish Premiership title, then a win over the struggling Rangers on Sunday will surely end those who still believe Steven Gerrard’s side could come back.
Celtic are in much better form despite their Europa League exit. Even if Rangers win against Celtic – though they have just played against Bayer Leverkusen – they will still have a very tiny chance of toppling Celtic.