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Craig Gordon: Why Celtic aren't favourites against Rangers

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon is wary of facing Rangers in the League Cup.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has been quoted by the Daily Mail warning his teammates ahead of the League Cup game against Rangers.

Celtic are the heavy favourites ahead of the game but the Scot doesn’t think the differing positions and form of each side will be much of a factor for the Old Firm clash.

“Is it a 50-50 game? They probably always are 50/50 games, regardless of who’s playing for the two sides,” said Gordon.

“Rangers still have enough quality in their team to win a game so we’ll be looking at ourselves and our preparation.”

“The form book goes out the window in Celtic-Rangers matches. There are two sides with 11 men desperate to win the game. And when you have that, anything can happen.”

Celtic boss Ronny Deila needs to trust the quality and experience in his team despite the obvious likelihood that Rangers will be able to get themselves up and ready for this contest.

Rangers are heading into the game after suffering some adversity both on and off the pitch in recent times and hey will be inspired considering the calibre of their opponents and the nature of this match.

However, Celtic arguably have the edge in all of the key areas ahead of the game and that will work to their advantage over the course of 90 minutes.

Gordon is understandably trying to take the sting out of the pressure currently surrounding the Bhoys.

He’ll want to take the edge off of his teammates so they don’t get too focused on the occasion over doing their job and getting a win.

It’ a big derby, it will be a physical contest but if Celtic can control possession, they should have enough to wear Rangers down.

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