Steven Pressley makes bizarre Cup Final "importance" claim

By Hamish Carton

December 6, 2019

Steven Pressley has made the bizarre claim that Sunday’s Betfred Cup final is more important to Rangers than Celtic.

The former Hoops defender, who joined the club in 2006 under Gordon Strachan, reckons that winning matters more to the Ibrox side because their players haven’t had this kind of experience before.

Neil Lennon’s men go for ten domestic trophies in-a-row on Sunday, and Pressley thinks winning the trophy will have an effect on the league title race.

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“For many Rangers players, they haven’t had this experience – it’s more important for Rangers for confidence and momentum,” Pressley told the BBC.

“For either club, to get the season’s first bit of silverware is vitally important, but I think, for both, the major goal is to win the league.

“From a psychological perspective, the outcome at the weekend is massive.

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“Celtic, many of their players have been through the course already and have experience of winning the championship and winning trophies on a consistent basis. Rangers’ players have yet to prove that.”

Pressley hasn’t considered the new Celtic stars playing in the final

While the majority of Pressley’s quotes tell us very little if anything, his comments on the match being more important for Rangers are a little hard to work out.

This final means just as much to us as it does to them. We’re going for ten-in-a-row and want to give our rivals no encouragement at all, with the league campaign in mind.

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We also have a number of new players – like Christopher Jullien, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Fraser Forster – who weren’t part of the ‘Treble Treble’ run and winning at Hampden. It’s crucial for those guys, and a few more, that we secure the season’s first bit of silverware.

This is effectively a new Celtic side, with a new manager, so winning is just as important for us as it is our rivals. We actually have more pressure on us, being favourites, so you could even argue that defeat would be more damaging for us.

But I’m sure Pressley has considered all that.