John Kennedy identifies the Rangers weakness Celtic will hope to exploit on Sunday

By John McGinley

March 20, 2021

Celtic interim boss John Kennedy is hoping to exploit any tiredness in the Rangers team after Thursday’s draining Europa League fixture.

The Ibrox side have played twice since Celtic were last in action, most recently against Slavia Prague just a few days ago.

It was an aggressive, combative game that ultimately resulted in disappointment for Steven Gerrard’s outfit.

Kennedy reckons that can be to Celtic’s advantage.

As quoted by BT Sport, he said this weekend: “The game (for Rangers) the other night, from a physical point of view, was very demanding. Slavia are a physical side so for us it will be trying to take advantage of that.

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“We are in good shape. It has been a long time between the United game and now and we have done a lot of work in that time. We will be fresh going into the game with good energy, a good, fit squad so it is how we impact the game and how we impose our style on the game.

“Rangers are a good side and they have had a very good season. We know how they play, we obviously have played them a couple of times already.

“We know what to expect, we know how they set up, we know how they defend and how they like to attack, so it is making sure we are ready for that and it will be about using our intensity to have that impact.”

Celtic will be competitive against Rangers

The title race is obviously over but Celtic will still be highly motivated to get one over on Rangers tomorrow. It’s important in our fightback against them as the Scottish Cup looms and next season comes into sight.

Despite our problems this season, I fully expect Celtic to be competitive too. We were the better side for a large portion of the match at Ibrox in January. On our day we can still match them.

Celtic play Rangers this weekend / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers will be favourites to win, but it’s silly to write off our chances. Hopefully the factors that Kennedy speaks about above can play their role in a morale-boosting victory.

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