Graeme Murty's Glasgow Rangers have lost the Old Firm derby 3-2 to Brendan Rodgers's Celtic at Ibrox, with Odsonne Edouard scoring the victor for the Hoops. Momentum is on Rangers side which means for the first time in years, the match has title implications.
The Gers have closed the gap on the Bhoys at the summit of the Scottish Premiership table to six points and could move to within three of their great rivals if they were to win the fixture at Ibrox, albeit having played a game more.
"They have people in skilled positions all over the pitch that are proven at this level and whilst we understand that they will try and do. We usually do our talking on the park".
Graeme Murty was asked every which way yesterday whether a win for his side over Celtic tomorrow would result in his team being genuine challengers for the championship.
Goals from Tom Rogic, Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard were enough to take the champions nine points clear of their arch rivals with just four games remaining. The hosts failed to exploit Jozo Simunovic's red card just before the hour mark before Edouard came off the bench to score the victor. "So this game has added significance", Murty said. Passing the ball, shifting the ball and defending is what cost us today.
Rodgers, who revealed defender Dedryck Boyata and midfielder Stuart Armstrong return to the squad, said: "I have no thoughts on it really, either way". "It's a game that excites us".
The upward curve that Murty has sent Rangers on since being given the job till the end of the season has been exponential.
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Rangers keeper Wes Foderingham was forced into two excellent saves before the interval from Dembele and Callum McGregor. Rangers need to win the game and that's different.
It is one of the most intriguing Old Firm Derbies in recent memory as Rangers host Celtic with a genuine chance of causing an upset.
With the game poised at 3-2 and Celtic down to ten men, Morelos poked an effort from two yards out against the post.