Former Celtic star Davie Provan thinks that a League Cup final victory over Rangers could prove fatal to the Ibrox side’s title hopes too, The Scottish Sun report.
Neil Lennon’s Hoops are gunning for a tenth successive domestic trophy triumph against our rivals today. It’s one of the biggest finals of recent years.
While Celtic are again forging a path ahead at the top of the Scottish Premiership, this season Steven Gerrard’s team aren’t so far behind.
It’s meant that there’s a wider story in the background of today’s final, beyond immediate silverware.
Could a Celtic victory deliver a decisive psychological blow on Rangers ahead of the rest of the campaign?
It’s something that the Sky Sports man thinks could happen, speaking while referencing our victory at Ibrox in September.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “When it really mattered, Celts played Gers off the pitch. That same month Rangers beat Feyenoord and took five off Aberdeen on their own patch but they couldn’t win the one they really wanted.
“That defeat has only piled more pressure on Gerrard’s players today when there is more than the League Cup on the line.
“For me, another Rangers failure would sink their title challenge as well. Having folded in the last Glasgow derby, what would another defeat do for Gers’ morale? Will they fancy the trip to Celtic Park in three weeks’ time if they take second best today?”
Does today impact the title race?
Provan is right in some respects. There’s no doubt that Rangers failure would be another bitter blow to the Gerrard era. So far they’ve come up short in every competition they’ve taken part in despite significant investment and hype.
A Celtic victory would again prove why we are the best team in the country and show there is still a long way for them to go if they want to reach our level.
However, it’s doubtful today would be any sort of knockout blow. There’s still so much football to be played and plenty of league matches in December alone before the end-of-month derby.
It’s a bit premature to suggest today’s result will sink any title bids, but the match is no less important.