Barry Ferguson is a worried man this morning as he frets over Celtic advantage

By John McGinley

April 17, 2022

Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson reckons Celtic are big favourites to win today’s massive Scottish Cup derby.

Usually in the build-up to these big derbies pundits fall into line and talk up the chances of the team they’re connected to.

There’s often just enough justification of unpredictability in these games to bullishly back your own regardless of the evidence!

Not so for Ferguson, who reckons Celtic are favourites, hold the psychological edge and can control the midfield.

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He told The Daily Record: “They ‘re big favourites in my eyes. They played Rangers off the pitch at Parkhead in a game I would rather forget about. The score could have been anything by half time.

“They then went to Ibrox and came away with three points so they will definitely have a psychological advantage. But that also means the pressure is right on them. The question is, can they handle it?”

Ferguson would go on to pick out the midfield as the crucial battleground, stating: “There’s so much quality in that area but, for me, Callum McGregor and Tom Rogic are the guys who can control it for Celtic. But I’d like to see them up against Ryan Jack and Steven Davis.”

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There’s no doubt the Bhoys are going into this one with confidence. The players know what they have it in them to beat Rangers, it’s just about executing the game plan.

They also know they won’t win by just turning up. Ferguson asks if Celtic can deal with pressure – we know they can. There has been zero complacency in this Bhoys team all season and you’d have to back that to be the case again today.

That’s not to say a victory is guaranteed. Anything can happen in derbies. Anything can happen to Celtic at Hampden.

It’s going to be quite a ride but I think this team can feed off the favourites tag, rather than struggle because of it. There’s no fear.

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