Former Rangers defender Bert Konterman has suggested all of the pressure is on Celtic this weekend.
Former Rangers defender Bert Konterman has told the Herald where his old side have an advantage against Celtic this weekend.
Konterman has claimed that the Bhoys are stronger than Rangers for two reasons, suggesting Celtic’s current position and status in Scottish football has taken all of the pressure away from his old team, which should allow them to relax leading into such a big game.
“If Celtic lose on Sunday, it's a disgrace for them. They would be slaughtered for half-a-year by all the fans,” he said.
“It would last until they won the league and got going in the Champions League qualifiers again.”
“Celtic are stronger than Rangers because they play in a higher league and have more money. They have to win. They simply have to.”
If Rangers can head into the Old Firm derby this weekend feeling they’re not under any pressure, it reduces the chances that their players will tense up and underperform during such a big game.
It will be an emotional and feisty match, but the pressure is on Celtic because in terms of squad strength and size, they are in a much better position.
The challenge Ronny Deila faces at Celtic is taking the attention of his players away from what might happen and how they’ll be perceived if Rangers battle to a win.
If Celtic play as well as they can do, they’ll be a very difficult team for Rangers to beat.
If Rangers lose, it’s a result that plenty would have expected, but if Celtic lose, it’s a result which Konterman believes will have ripple effects for months.