Rangers and Celtic will clash in the first Old Firm derby of the season on Sunday.
Graham Roberts is adamant that Celtic would win the Scottish Premiership title if they get knocked out of Europe on Thursday because it would put ‘more pressure’ on Rangers.
The Old Firm duo will meet at Ibrox on Sunday afternoon, but before then, they must secure their passage through to the group stages of the Europa League.
Rangers face a home encounter against Legia Warsaw – the first leg finished goalless, whilst Celtic travel to Sweden to take on AIK – Neil Lennon’s side have a two-goal cushion.
Speaking to The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show on TalkSport (27/08/2019 at 9:30 am), Roberts shared that it’s crucial both Celtic and Rangers progressed in Europe.
“It’s a big game on Thursday night for both clubs because they need to get into that league basis,” Roberts told TalkSport. “Once they get into there it gives them a little bit more money and it keeps the season going.
“I think if Celtic got knocked out of the Europa League then they would win the league because I think it’s a lot more pressure on Rangers. But I think both of them getting through is good for Scottish football again.”
If both Rangers and Celtic can see off their respective opponents on Thursday then it will give them a boost ahead of Sunday’s showdown.
But if either of them were to get knocked out then it would only put unnecessary pressure on their shoulders ahead of that Old Firm clash.