Paul Lambert explains why Celtic have the derby edge this Sunday

By John McGinley

April 15, 2022

Former Celtic hero Paul Lambert is a man who has experienced the very pinnacle of what football has to offer, so we were honoured when he agreed to be interviewed by 67 Hail Hail this week.

The Champions League winner, who moved to Celtic from Borussia Dortmund back in 1997, was generous with his time to give us all sorts of insight into the teams he played for and dealing with derby pressure.

However, he was also on hand to give us his thoughts on the current Celtic squad, the job Ange Postecoglou is doing and the upcoming semi-final at Hampden on Sunday.

For Lambert, it’s Celtic who hold an edge in the encounter and the Bhoys who will ultimately come out on top.

25 Mar 2000: Paul Lambert of Glasgow Celtic challenges Rod Wallace of Glasgow Rangers during the Scottish Premier Division match at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland. Glasgow Rangers won the match 4-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/Allsport

He told us: “I think Celtic have got the psychological edge over them, having just turned them over. In semi-finals, it’s on the day. It’s on that day that the best team will get through. I thought the Old Firm game at Ibrox Celtic were definitely the better side.

“Kyogo Furuhashi being back is a major, major plus for Celtic. It’s a massive bonus for them. Alfredo Morelos being out for Rangers is a major blow. They don’t have the same team without that lad.

“Celtic can score from everywhere, I think that’s the greatest thing. The two wide lads can score, the front guys can score, so Celtic are in a really good position to win it.

“The only thing I’d say is it’s an Old Firm game and anything can happen. You need a strong referee as well. But yeah, I’ll go for Celtic to get through it.”

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I don’t think you’ll find many Celtic supporters who disagree with Lambert here. There’s certainly a feeling of confidence around the club at this moment.

I’ve characterised it as trust more than anything. Trust that’s been earned by this group of players and this manager through the hard work of the last nine months.

As Lambert notes, anything can happen in these derbies and often does. It’s about how Postecoglou’s team react to it on the day. So far this season, in critical moments, they’ve managed to find answers in the craziness of what Scottish football has to offer.

We have to believe they’ll do so again this weekend.

You can watch Paul Lambert’s full video interview with 67 Hail Hail’s Hamish Carton on YouTube right now.

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