Former Ibrox star Peter Lovenkrands isn’t ruling out an unbelievable Celtic comeback in the Scottish Premiership.
Neil Lennon’s Bhoys find themselves a mammoth 16 points behind Rangers in the table.
However, Celtic do have three games in hand on Steven Gerrard’s side.
With Hoops form picking up and hope slowly finding its way back to supporters, Lovenkrands is reminded of a haunting title race in Germany.
Speaking to BBC Sportsound on Sunday, he said: “You can never say never in football. We have seen crazier things happening, and I have been part of it. My first season at Schalke we were 12 points clear with eight games to go and lost the title on the last day.
“I still have that [Schalke collapse] in the back of my head. First of all, there is a long way to go. Celtic are starting to get a bit of momentum now. They are starting to win games.
“They have some tough games in hand, but if they win them, they can claw it back to seven points. This game coming up, the Old Firm game, is huge – for Celtic most of all.”
Must-win matches for Celtic
Although Neil Lennon’s team are now piecing together consistent wins, it will likely all be for nought unless they manage to overcome Rangers on Saturday, as well as Dundee United on Wednesday.
There’s very little room for error while the Ibrox side continue their unbeaten form in the Premiership.
Although Lovenkrands is right to point out the current gap can be cut to seven, those matches can’t be banked as victories.
Celtic still have to prove to fans they can go on a long winning streak in the league.
Rangers are the main barrier to that for now. Anything can happen in these derbies, and it can’t be forgotten Celtic actually won the only meeting between the two sides at Ibrox last term.
Hopefully, a huge derby win this weekend can pressure the league leaders, causing more Ibrox men like Lovenkrands to be concerned.