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‘DIFFICULT FOR GERS WITH RODGERS AT CELTIC,’ ADMITS WEIR

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DAVIE WEIR admitted it will be “really difficult” for Rangers to close the gap on Celtic while Brendan Rodgers is Hoops boss.

The former Ibrox skipper was assistant manager to Mark Warburton two years ago when, as Championship winners, they beat Ronny Deila’s team in the penalty-kick shoot-out after their Scottish Cup semi-final had finished 2-2 following extra-time.

The embarrassing knock-out signalled the end for the Norwegian who was replaced the following month with Rodgers.

The Irishman has faced Rangers nine times, winning seven and drawing two. Weir and Warburton left Ibrox in February 2017 after falling well behind Celtic in the title race.

Rodgers’ side are now chasing a historic second successive treble with the League Cup already secured, three points required for the seventh title in a row and Graeme Murty’s side standing between them and another Scottish Cup Final.

Asked about the chances of catching Celtic, Weir said: “I think it will be really difficult. Brendan Rodgers is a top manager. He has a method in regards what he does.

“He has the respect of the players, the club, everybody and he is setting the bar high. Celtic’s managerial appointment was really good. Obviously, a lot of thought and planning went into it.

“They picked the right man at the right time and he has shown their faith was right.”

Weir added: “It has been a long time not to have won an Old Firm game. Celtic have obviously improved from that day, no doubt about that.

“Celtic had probably the better chances in the game, but we took ours and we got a bit of luck.

“So, it is a massive challenge but also a good opportunity for Rangers to put a marker down. I think Rangers have a chance, definitely. The past couple of Old Firm games have been tight.

“Celtic have managed to come out on the right end of it. Rangers have had opportunities, but, unfortunately, they haven’t managed to do it.

“It has been a long time since Rangers have beat Celtic. So, that must be a great motivation, whether it is for Graeme Murty’s future or anyone’s future.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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