Three players in particular need to be at their absolute best for Rangers F.C. in the Old Firm Derby.
October 17th marks the main event in Scottish football as one of the most notable derbies around the world will take place: The Old Firm. The silence in the stands that day will not reflect the energy and passion that divides Glasgow by blue and green in every household.
The clash on the 17th will serve as the biggest test for both clubs this season, and the result will indicate where they truly stand in the title race. Rangers and Celtic share the same pressure, but for different reasons.
The Light Blues have won three of the last five league meetings against their rivals, but Steven Gerrard knows his team must collectively perform at an elite level in order to claim three precious points at Celtic Park.
Collective urgency and discipline on both ends of the pitch will be critical for Rangers, but these three players must be at their absolute best, especially with Borna Barisic’s latest injury.
The Colombian international is known as a lethal finisher, but he goes missing against Celtic. Morelos has laced up against the Hoops on 11 occasions, but has never scored a goal.
Fans will be hoping that negative trend comes to an end, and it certainly could with the dynamic style of play that has been implemented this season. If Morelos scores on the 17th, it could prove to be a massive goal in this title race despite it only being Matchweek 11.
This name is a no-brainer. Ryan Kent has become the most integral player for the club this season. His ability to serve as a playmaker on the wing has caused several problems for every opponent, Scottish and foreign, this term, and that individual brilliance will be needed to transform “Paradise” into a nightmare.
Without Barisic in the lineup to commit to overlapping runs and handle some of Kent’s workload, the Englishman should expect a busy shift. His link up play with Morelos in the final third will be a deciding factor at Celtic Park.
The skipper is usually on his “A” game against Celtic, and that needs to continue once more. With five goals and three assists to his name in ten games this season, Tavernie, who was also named the Player of the Month in September, is not short of confidence.
Much like Kent, Tavernier will be expected to orchestrate meaningful attacks against Celtic. His deliveries into the box from live action and set pieces must be spot on to give his side a proper chance at winning.