David Bates asked who is favourite for Rangers vs Celtic at Ibrox

Moussa Dembele of Celtic controls the ball under pressure of David Bates of Rangers during the Scottish Cup Semi-Final match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 23, 2017 in...

Glasgow Rangers host the Scottish Premiership leaders at Ibrox this weekend.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic controls the ball under pressure of David Bates of Rangers during the Scottish Cup Semi-Final match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 23, 2017 in...

David Bates has told Rangers' official YouTube channel that the Gers are going into Sunday's Old Firm game extremely confident, but insisted that he expects most people to write them off when asked who the favourites are.

Graeme Murty's men will be hoping that they can end their long wait for a win against Celtic when the two meet at Ibrox this weekend. The Gers' last win against their bitter rivals came back in 2016 when Mark Warburton's side knocked the Hoops out of the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park.

Rangers imanager Graeme Murty is seen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on January 24, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

This time however, the home side go into the game off the back of a hugely impressive run that has seen them win their last six games in all competitions. And Bates suggested that while Rangers expect to be written off, the team has the belief that they can spring an upset.

"I think everyone probably coming into the game will write us off. They have wrote us off on every other occasion," he told Rangers' official YouTube channel, when asked who the favourites are.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

"But we're not really looking at that, we're just going into the game obviously confident through the last few results and hopefully we can get a good result."

While Celtic have the edge when it comes to meetings between the two since the start of last season, there are a number of factors that will give Rangers plenty of hope heading into Sunday.

Murty has taken charge of the side for two Old Firm games and has avoided defeat on both occasions, so it would appear that he has little problem getting his team ready for the fixture and he would love to extend his unbeaten run against Rodgers with his future set to become a talking point over the next few months.

Meanwhile, Rangers' January signings appear to have helped the side to move to another level in recent times, so if they can all perform this weekend, Celtic will be in for a tough afternoon, especially if those in the Gers squad with previous Old Firm experience shine like Bates did in the previous meeting back in December.

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