"Ally McCoist's chucking the towel in"; Celtic hero Chris Sutton taken aback by derby claim

By John McGinley

April 29, 2022

Chris Sutton can’t quite believe his punditry colleague Ally McCoist is willing to see a weakened Rangers team fielded at Celtic Park on Sunday.

McCoist has called for next week’s Europa League semi-final against RB Leipzig to be prioritised by Giovanni van Bronckhorst despite having a chance to close the gap on Celtic to just three points.

The former Rangers striker told BT Sport: “We all know the importance of a Rangers-Celtic game, right? I think it’s safe to say Celtic are miles favourites and would take a monumental collapse for them not to win the title this year.

“With that in mind, you have to prioritise, I think, Thursday night’s game.”

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Sutton couldn’t believe what he was hearing, retorting: “I mean, McCoist giving up? Wow. Ally McCoist’s chucking the towel in for the Glasgow Derby? I mean come on. Really? A game of this magnitude. Come on.”

I don’t think anyone should be expecting anything but a full-strength Rangers team on Sunday. I don’t think Van Bronckhorst would do that, frankly, with so much football left to be played.

He might make one or two tweaks to his eleven, but it won’t be a full rotation.

Ange Postecoglou made it quite clear today he wouldn’t be entertaining that notion either. He’s preparing his team for a very tough test.

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Too much has been made of their European exploits impacting their domestic form. I made that mistake myself ahead of the semi-final. That was a lesson for us. We can’t take anything for granted here.

Celtic will be entirely focused on facing a Rangers more with more intent and belief than McCoist when it comes to the Premiership title. Which is probably Sutton’s point.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou lauds ‘unbelievable’ player ahead of Celtic derby; selection hint.