The League Cup last-16 draw is being made today, and Nicky Clark has told the Mail that Rangers would be ready to take on Celtic if they were drawn together in the competition.
He said: “I would welcome it [a tie with Celtic]. I think you can see in our performances since the start of the season that we have progressed a lot from last year. So if we were to draw Celtic in the cup, I think we would be ready for them.”
Clark, who scored one of five goals which took Rangers through to the last-16, has been a central part of Mark Warburton’s revival at Ibrox, and it is hard to disagree with his statement.
The Gers look far better than they did last season, and at the moment they appear to be well on course to storm the Championship, and win promotion back to the top flight.
On form, Warburton’s side look unstoppable, and although Celtic are the strongest team in Scotland, they proved in the Champions League that they are not infallible.
Rangers possess an incredible attacking force, and there are still doubts with the Bhoys’ defence, and it could just be that the Gers have enough about them to see of Celtic if they were drawn together.
Of course, this is all hypothetical as the draw has yet to be made, but if Rangers want to succeed in the tournament they will surely have to play Celtic - and now would seem to be the best time to do it.