Have Celtic piled pressure on Rangers ahead of Gers's next game?

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on February 9, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers will be hoping to continue their good run of form at Ibrox this weekend.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on February 9, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

With the league leaders not playing until Sunday, Rangers have a fantastic opportunity to put a little pressure on when they host St Johnstone at Ibrox the day before.

Steven Gerrard's men are unbeaten in their last five and have won four of those games. The Saints may be in the top six right now, but the Gers will clearly be overwhelming favourites to secure the three points. 

 

However, Rangers's preparation has been allowed to be ideal. Both Alfredo Morelos and Allan McGregor are suspended, and Gerrard may be feeling the pressure of knowing that an almost flawless run until the end of the season could be necessary if the Gers want to end their wait to win the title.

But given St Johnstone's recent fixtures, it would perhaps also be fair to say that Celtic have added to the pressure that Rangers will have to deal with this weekend.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Hibernian at Celtic Park on February 6, 2019 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Tommy Wright's side go into the game off the back of a 5-0 defeat to the Hoops in the Scottish Cup last week. In truth, it has been a miserable season for the Saints when they have met Brendan Rodgers's men.

Celtic have won all five meetings between the two this term, scoring 16 goals and conceding none in that time. 

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard reacts during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on February 9, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

Celtic dispatching them so comfortably last time out arguably adds to the importance of Rangers picking up the three points - and, ideally for Gerrard's men, in emphatic style - this weekend.

Dropping points would not only leave the door open for their rivals to extend their lead in the table, but it would also be a blow to their confidence given that Celtic have been so comfortable against the same opposition this season.

However on the other hand, if Rangers can win in style this weekend, it would send out a clear message to their rivals about Gerrard's side's potential heading into the business end of the season.

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