Kris Boyd's Celtic fear

By John McGinley

April 30, 2022

Kris Boyd is worried Rangers could be on the receiving end of “a hiding” and a “trouncing” from Celtic tomorrow if Giovanni van Bronckhorst makes too many changes to his starting line-up.

Rangers are currently competing in a two-legged UEFA Europa League semi-final against RB Leipzig and trail 1-0 on aggregate after a Thursday night clash.

There have been calls from some prominent Rangers voices for Van Bronckhorst to rotate his team and protect his strongest starting eleven for the second leg at Ibrox.

However, Boyd is not one of them, fearing a famous day for the Bhoys.

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Speaking to The Scottish Sun, he said: “Make no mistake, reaching the final has to be the priority for Rangers right now.

“However, on the flip side, you certainly don’t want to be hosting the Germans on the back of a hiding in the ‘Glasgow Derby’. And that could happen if Gers boss Van Bronckhorst goes in with a weakened team against Celtic.

“Keeping his key players fresh is all well and good in theory. But it could have a detrimental effect for Thursday if Rangers get trounced tomorrow.

“All that positivity from reaching the Scottish Cup final and going so well in Europe could evaporate. This is certainly an Old Firm clash Rangers could be doing without.”

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Celtic will be confident of outplaying any Rangers team tomorrow, so the full focus of Ange Postecoglou and the Bhoys will be on their own game.

However, it is interesting seeing some in the Rangers-minded media already search for something of an excuse when it comes to what unfolds tomorrow.

In honesty, I’m not sure how much room for manoeuvre Van Bronckhorst really has, considering he is already missing six first-team players. It’s not like he has a mass of reserves ready to fill in.

Celtic’s job is to give whoever lines up tomorrow a hell of a day and backed by 59,000 supporters, I think we will.

In other news, Sky Sports clear up confusing Celtic transfer report.