Kenny Dalglish has told the Herald in Scotland why Celtic won’t be complacent heading into the League Cup clash against Rangers this weekend.
The Bhoys are the favourites heading into the game because of the struggles Rangers have endured for the last three seasons, but the Scottish legend says the difference between the teams in terms of situation, won’t mean anything once the game has started.
“It's Rangers. If you're a Celtic fan, it's still Rangers isn't it. It doesn't matter that Rangers have been through the mire for three years,” said Dalglish.
“You're still playing Rangers. You can't take that away.”
Dalglish’s comments suggest that it’s a mentality that not only the Celtic fans will have, but also Ronny Deila and his playing staff.
With Celtic such heavy favourites for a win, there is always going to be the danger of complacency.
However, the Bhoys can’t allow that to happen this weekend because Rangers will raise their game and Celtic need to adjust accordingly.
Cup situations throughout the history of football have shown that any team can rise their performance levels to eradicate a quality gap.
Rangers will be looking to do just that this weekend, but if Celtic stay on top of their preparations and remain professional in the build up to the game, they should have too much.
The problem comes if Celtic’s players value the contest less than their manager or the fans, because that’s a mentality that Rangers will look to smother and one they won’t hesitate to take advantage of.