Former Celtic star Mark McGhee has told the Glasgow Evening Times he doesn’t think Rangers will have any trouble getting up for the League Cup game this week.
McGhee has stressed the need for his old side to stay focused and guard against complacency despite the fact they are heavy favourites going into the match.
“You would expect Celtic to be favourites because Rangers have suffered terrible losses in terms of the quality of the squad they have,” said McGhee.
“But the one thing they will get is that extra energy from the fixture. Whatever divide there is in terms of experience or ability between the teams will be partly bridged.”
“I think the energy and enthusiasm of good old Old Firm competition will mean that Rangers are able to compete with Celtic on the day.”
Therefore, the best arguable approach for Celtic manager Ronny Deila is to prepare for this game as though he would for a big SPL or Europa League game.
Man for man, Celtic can be confident that they will win the individual battles all over the pitch. The boss just has to trust the quality he has.
It will be interesting to see how Celtic cope if Rangers come flying out of the traps, but even if that happens the approach shouldn’t be any different from the Bhoys.
They need to defend professionally when they are under pressure and take their chances when they are on the front foot.
If Celtic do the basics effectively, their quality will show over the course of 90 minutes and they can prevent Rangers from having the bragging rights for the first time in a while.