Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd would be ’embarrassed’ to be on the receiving end of suggestions the current Ibrox squad are afraid of playing in front of large crowds – and insists the best way to silence the critics is to beat bitter rivals Celtic in tomorrow’s Old Firm.

Critics have suggested that the Gers are spooked playing in front of large crowds – despite some huge results pre-Covid in front of fans – and Boyd confessed he would be ‘mortified’ if it was suggested he had ‘bottled it’.

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With Celtic making the short trip across Ibrox tomorrow with 50000 Rangers fans in attendance, Boyd thinks winning would be a huge step in the right direction.

“Steven Gerrard’s men must be fed up hearing about their alleged phobia of large crowds,” Boyd said [Scottish Sun].

“Well, Sunday is the perfect opportunity for them to ram those words down their critics’ throats.

“Personally, I’d be embarrassed if those accusations were levelled at me.

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“If I was still a Rangers player, I would be absolutely mortified to hear any suggestion that I bottled it in front of supporters.

“Yes, Gerrard’s team delivered title number 55 when there were no fans allowed to watch Scottish football.

“But I refuse to buy into the theory that these same players are incapable of repeating their title triumph now full houses are allowed again.

“The only way to prove the doubters wrong is by retaining their crown.

“And winning the first Old Firm game of the season would be a huge step in the right direction.”

With no Celtic fans in attendance tomorrow, Rangers will have the entirety of Ibrox backing them in the first Old Firm derby of the season.

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Performances have undoubtedly been poor so far but, as poor as Rangers have been they still have the same number of points as a seemingly rejuvenated Celtic.

That sets the stage for a fantastic game tomorrow and Rangers can quickly silence the doubters with a solid win over their bitter rivals.

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