Gordon Strachan: 'Celtic fans will be more worried than Rangers fans'

Gordon Strachan: 'Celtic fans will be more worried than Rangers fans'

The former Celtic boss, Gordon Strachan, believes Celtic fans will be more worried than Rangers heading into this weekend's Old Firm Game in Scotland.

Celtic is on top of the Scottish Premiership table, five points ahead of their Glasgow rivals, but they have wobbled in terms of results recently.

There is growing optimism that Rangers can get one over Celtic this weekend because of what has gone on in previous weeks.

Rangers' last six results, which have been five wins and one draw, mean they are top of the Scottish Premiership form table, while Celtic is third with two losses and four wins.

Strachan, the former Scotland national football team and Celtic manager who won numerous derbies against Rangers, knows a thing or two about what pressure feels like in Scotland's biggest game. He believes most of the pressure will be on Celtic this weekend when the sides meet.

Gordon Strachan, speaking to BoyleSports who offer the latest Old Firm Odds said, "Well, they have to claw back a five-point gap, but as we sit here this morning, I would say Celtic's supporters are the most worried out of the two. It happens that way, though; it's like a baton in Scotland that is perennially swapped between the two sides, and it brings pressure with it when you carry that.

Celtic and Rangers takes place this weekend (Image: Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

"The stress for the fans perpetuates itself through the manager and the players. Celtic has had two defeats on the trot, the first time since 2013. The Rangers fans will be buoyed with confidence by what has happened this past month. Philippe Clement has closed the gap on Celtic, that's for sure, and it is a test for Celtic."

A number of Celtic players already know what it is like to play in the Glasgow derby, but for some new players, it will be like nothing they have ever played in. Strachan believes the squad members of the team will decide the tie, not the likes of the stars, whom everyone knows.

"It's a test for the other players who are not as used to that pressure to come in and raise that standard. The likes of O'Riley, McGregor, Carter-Vickers, and Kyogo have been there and done it, but the responsibility falls on the shoulders of the people around them who have not experienced that yet and need to step out of the shadows," he added.

"A lot depends on your squad players and what they can bring to the table, as opposed to the stalwarts of the team. It's similar to Manchester United when you look around and you want players from all throughout your squad to challenge and bring something to the table."

Celtic and Rangers kick off at 12:30 p.m. this Saturday.