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FORMER CELTIC TITLE-WINNER TIPS GERS

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FORMER Celtic title-winner Steven Pressley has tipped Rangers to end the Hoops’ domination of the championship.

The ex-Scotland international defender, who kicked off his career at Ibrox in 1990 before leaving four years later, believes Steven Gerrard and Co are about to derail the Parkhead juggernaut who are bidding for nine consecutive titles in this campaign.

Pressley, who won a championship medal at Celtic in 2007, believes Neil Lennon’s men have been dealt a massive blow with their 2-1 setback against their Glasgow rivals on Sunday.

It was Gers’ first win in the east end of Glasgow since 2010 and it closed the gap to within two points at the top with the Govan club having a game in hand.

Pressley, 46, was captain Hearts when they pushed Gordon Strachan’s Celtic side for lengthy spells 14 years ago.

The Edinburgh outfit topped the table in October 2006 before George Burley’s shock sacking which threw them off track.

It was a New Year defeat to the Glasgow giants which the 32-times capped centre-back accepted the Tynecastle outfit’s flag aspirations were not to be realised.

Pressley, speaking to the Daily Record, insisted: “Sunday was a massive psychological boost for Rangers.

“I go back to Hearts in 2005/06 and we had a top-of-the-table clash with Celtic at Tynecastle over the festive period. We were 2-0 up, but lost the game 3-2 and that was a huge psychological advantage to Celtic winning at our ground.

“We could have gone to within a point of them that day at a key time of the season, but Celtic kicked on and I don’t think we ever recovered.

“That’s why I think Sunday was such a huge result for Rangers.

“They are now in position, but the acid test will be if they can sustain it.

“I actually think Rangers will win the league. Although they are a high-pressure team, they also carry a really good physical presence and that’s really important on the road in Scotland.

“They can deal with what people throw at them this season and I think they are equipped to win both ways.”

 

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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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