Kenny Dalglish backs Celtic to leave rivals hugely disappointed come full-time today

By David Walton

April 3, 2022

Celtic great Kenny Dalglish is backing the Hoops to leave Ibrox with a point that would keep them “firmly in the driving seat” for the Scottish Premiership title.

Dalglish, who played for Celtic between 1969 and 1977, believes the Glasgow derby clash at Ibrox today is set to be a cracker. Especially given 3 points for the Hoops would leave us ever so close to securing bag the league championship.

The narrative heading into the fixture is that it’s a must-win for Rangers. That even a point would have them feeling as though it was a major missed opportunity.

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And Dalglish believes Celtic will have enough about them to withstand that and take a point from Govan this afternoon.

As quoted by the Sunday Post, Kenny said: “For Ange Postecoglou to have Furuhashi back is of a huge benefit, and it looks as though he will play some part at Ibrox today. He has wonderful movement, quick feet and an eye for goal. He has the ability to win the game. So Allan McGregor will need to be on top form today.

“Rangers can’t afford to lose today. That’s the reality. A win for them really blows the title race wide open. A Celtic victory would see the Parkhead club with one hand on the Premiership title with just six games to go. So it makes for a cracker this afternoon, and all eyes will be on it.

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“I’m going for a draw. That keeps Celtic firmly in the driving seat – but with nothing guaranteed.”

Celtic more than capable of leaving Ibrox rivals devastated

If you were to gather 1,000 Celtic fans in a room and ask who would be happy with a point today, the numbers of hands that would go up would likely surprise you. We know how big a draw is for us today. Whilst a victory would bring us a lot closer to the title this afternoon, it would only be sensible to reflect on a stalemate in a positive manner also.

After all, we would be getting rid of our most difficult domestic challenge between now and the end of the season. It takes away the big opportunity Rangers will feel they have to close our gap at the top.

Sure, there’s a game at Celtic Park to come before the end of the campaign. But Rangers have already crumbled in that environment and won’t be favourites heading into that one. This fixture this afternoon, however, is the game they will have marked.

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Of course, we have every right to feel as though we have the team to get at Rangers today. We showed in our 3-0 Parkhead rout that the players are there to go after them. The fear factor is now gone as is any psychological edge they held over us earlier in the season.

Celtic are the side with the initiative now. We’re the ones eyeing up potential glory this afternoon whilst all our rivals are trying to do is keep he battle going.

A draw is something we’ll be happy to take if we get it. But all eyes right now are fixated on 3 vital Premiership points.

In other news, Ange brilliantly rips apart today’s derby narrative surrounding Celtic