In all the chatter about Alfredo Morelos fluffing several more huge chances to break his duck against Celtic, there was an unsavoury moment from this month’s Hampden clash that has gone under the radar.
Rangers were trailing 1-0 to Christopher Jullien’s superb opener when the Frenchman lay on the turf in agony after a cowardly off-the-ball challenge from Morelos.
Jonny Hayes passed the ball off the pitch, expecting the Ibrox side to return the favour as a mark of sportsmanship. Unfortunately, they let themselves down by keeping the ball and trying to score against our nine men – with Morelos soon blazing high over the bar.
Neil Lennon’s furious reaction at the time said it all and it makes you wonder if the Northern Irishman will be reminding his players what they’re up against on Sunday.
Hampden incident should add fire to Celtic players’ bellies
The incident is a key indicator that Steven Gerrard’s men will try and do everything they can to win – even if it falls out of line with plain decency.
We must hold a similar hunger to do them over at all costs and treat them with the contempt they deserve in our own stadium.
Glasgow Derbies are tremendously hard matches for the visiting sides ever since the away supporter allocation was slashed. We must try and use that to our advantage with Parkhead packed to the rafters with Celtic fans baying for blood.
Celtic Park hasn’t been a very welcome place for Rangers throughout this decade. It would be fitting if we could remind them of that in every sense this weekend.