Ally McCoist believes that defeat for Rangers is unthinkable ahead of the Old Firm Derby. He believes that his former side’s title hopes will disappear should they fail to get anything from the game. Celtic are leading the title race, three points ahead of Rangers. They are unbeaten since October including a 3-0 win in their last meeting. The loss was also Rangers’ only loss since August.

“It’s one of the biggest Old Firm games, certainly the biggest for a while,” former Rangers player Ally McCoist said.  “I don’t think Rangers can afford to get beat. Postecoglou has done a great job at Celtic and they’ve put themselves in a very good position. There are three games coming up in the next month or so, if you include the Scottish Cup semi-final [between the Old Firm clubs], so Celtic won’t be a dull moment north of the border, particularly in the Glasgow area.”

“But from Rangers’ point of view, defeat is unthinkable as I think it would make the gap [to Celtic] far too big,” he added. “But I don’t see that, I think both teams have a little bit of form. Rangers in Europe have been excellent, domestically the form’s been a little bit up and down. They had a massive win at Dundee where they didn’t play particularly well but they’re hanging onto Celtic’s coattails. And with this game coming up, I think we’re going to see a different Rangers. It’s a game they certainly cannot afford to lose and I think they’ll certainly go about their business in a manner that they have to win the game.”

“He’s class isn’t he? He’s a wonderful football player,” McCoist said when asked about Ramsey. “It’s been highly documented that he’s struggled a little bit with injuries to keep him 100 percent fit which is a great shame because we all want to see good players on the pitch and he’s certainly that.”

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