Greg Taylor points out the 60,000 advantages Celtic have over rivals on Sunday

By David Walton

April 26, 2022

Celtic left-back Greg Taylor has highlighted the 60,000 supporters as the biggest of advantages they could have over Rangers this Sunday.

The Hoops are set to take on the Ibrox club in the final meeting of the season at Parkhead. The game will take place only a fortnight after losing to Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

However, our rivals absolutely crumbled on their last visit to Celtic Park back in February. A 3-0 mauling with no Rangers supporters in attendance was a party atmosphere for the Hoops. But even though the away side will have some fans in the ground this time around, Taylor still believes the home support holds the key.

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As quoted by the Glasgow Times, Taylor said: “We have moments throughout the season where we have had disappointing results. Last weekend was one of them,” said Taylor of the loss to Rangers. In a cup competition, you get no second chances, so we had to go out and get Ross County and start well and we did that.

“I think the game was close last week. We can definitely be better as we try to be better every week. If we stick to our beliefs and do that throughout the whole 90, then, hopefully, we will be successful.

“When we have 60,000 cheering us on, it definitely helps and we are hoping that will be the case.”

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Celtic supporters have spooked Rangers players in the past

Back in February, Rangers’ bottle absolutely crashed at Parkhead. They couldn’t deal with the Celtic supporters getting on top of them and goading them with every bad touch.

How often did the likes of James Tavernier take a loose touch and let it run out of play? What about the amount of poor passes from Connor Goldson. That was down to the pressure being piled onto these Rangers players by a sensational Celtic Park atmosphere. They couldn’t deal with it.

Celtic, meanwhile, fed off of it. It encouraged a constant barrage of attacks, particularly in the first half. Fear had injected itself right into the veins of the Ibrox players. Absolutely nothing was stopping Celtic from taking the points on that now-famous night.

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There’s no reason as to why that can’t happen. Yes, Rangers will be more prepared this time around. Yes, they’ll have a few hundred supporters in to watch. But it won’t make a single bit of difference if the Celtic support are in similar voice to February.

We have a proven track record of getting under the nerves of these Rangers players. They simply can’t take the heat and with the pressure all on them this Sunday, the fans will be right on top of them again.

Taylor couldn’t be more spot-on here. It’s a massive advantage for the Hoops. 60,000 advantages in fact.

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