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Rangers handed injury boost ahead of Celtic clash

Rangers handed injury boost ahead of Celtic clash

Up at Ibrox you can sense that there is a growing confidence among the fans and players that the Gers are going to start challenging Celtic regularly once again.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that the pressure is on Rangers ahead of this weekend's Old Firm derby clash at Ibrox Stadium.

Rangers manager Graeme Murty believes his side's progress on the park has been reflected by on-pitch matters being the main talking point ahead of Sunday's Old Firm derby.

"I think the players will be well, well up for it", he said in a video on the Herald Scotland. "When you're the champions you play with the expectancy of the supporters, so there's always pressure".

"It was an occasion where guys had just won a football match, they are feeling on a high, and there is another big game being drawn out of the hat and they are enjoying the moment".

Rangers are on a run of four consecutive wins in the league. But this season has seen the gap close to its smallest yet and the blue half of Glasgow know that a win on Sunday will reduce the deficit to three points, although the leaders will still have a game in hand.

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"The more you play, the more you want to win".

We've got a lot of work to do and we'll need to perform better and more consistently in that game.

Looking at his stats, of course, it's hard to say exactly what he would bring as his numbers are not particularly special but we have to remember that he is playing for a team that - offensive wise - is now very short.

The Gers are now in second spot in the Scottish Premiership table with 58 points from 29 outings, six adrift of leaders and arch-rivals Celtic, who have played a game fewer.

"This is the biggest test we now have and we have got a group of players who are really positive, really hungry and desperate to do well, which is a great thing for a manager".