Sport Alex McLeish expects Celtic backlash but believes Rangers' time has come to be champions again

01:40  27 october  2020
01:40  27 october  2020 Source:   scotsman.com

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McLeish has been heavily criticised faced calls for his sacking in the wake of the loss to the Kazakhs, who Twists and turns? Scotland have no chance of qualifying. That game had to be won as the top sides Watch the goals as Rangers inflicted defeat on rivals Celtic in the first Old Firm derby of the

McLeish spent five years as Rangers manager where he had to juggle competing domestically and We have to believe in ourselves and if we can get the fans coming in their hoards again we can do Edinburgh are bracing themselves for a season of disruption with many of their squad expected to be

Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish has predicted a strong Celtic response to the Ibrox club taking the initiative in the title race, but feels the biggest prize in Scottish football will be changing hands for the first time in ten years.

Alex McLeish holding a sign © Former Rangers and Scotland manager Alex McLeish promoting Premier Sports coverage of next Sunday's ...

Rangers are six points clear at the top of the table, having played a game more than their Old Firm rivals, after Celtic lost ground with their 3-3 draw against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Sunday.

Steven Gerrard’s squad are now odds-on favourites to finish in top spot at the end of the season and while McLeish anticipates more twists and turns in the coming months, he insists Rangers are better equipped to stay the course this time around.

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  Alfredo Morelos looking for first goal versus Celtic at 13th attempt For Alfredo Morelos, this chance to reshape an anguished Old Firm record is one few predicted he would receive. Morelos is yet to score having taken on Celtic twelve times in his career.Sent off on each of his last two visits to Celtic Park, the Colombian striker has endured a dozen derby appearances — nine of them starts — without scoring once.

Alex McLeish phoned Mark Warburton for a chat after embarrassing rout. That’s due to the fact Rangers have been out of the league for four years and Celtic have been champions ever since. People expected Rangers to keep up stride with Celtic and everyone else to be bit-part players.

Alex McLeish says it would be hard to turn down the chance to return. The Rangers board are set to The 58-year-old, out of work since leaving Egyptian club Zamalek in May last year, won a Treble during his time at Rangers McLeish confirmed he had yet to be contacted by his former employers.

"The bookies will change it every week according to results,” said McLeish, who won seven major domestic honours during his four-and-a-half years in charge of Rangers.

"I guess we are all influenced by results and form. Celtic are going through an injury crisis at the moment - it could happen to Rangers in the season. But the way things are going for Rangers now, I get the feeling this could be their year.

"It is still very, very early and Celtic will fight back for sure. But at the moment, and I am probably just going on form, but I feel this is a chance for Rangers this season.

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"Mainly because of the recruitment this season because someone like Kemar Roofe is only going to get fitter, while we have not seen much of Cedric Itten yet. But certainly it looks like Rangers are prepared this time.”

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Alex McLeish and Scotland have parted company for a second time . The former Watford, Cardiff and Wigan manager had a one-game stint as interim boss against Holland last year after Strachan was axed, only to be told by then chief executive Stewart Regan he was not being considered for the job

Alex McLeish says he was never close to a return as Rangers manager and believes Pedro "I did speak to them and I said that, if they were to come back and offer me it, I would like to speak further Among the silverware gathered during McLeish 's time at Ibrox, they won the domestic treble in 2003.

Rangers’ focus switches to Europa League business on Thursday when they face Lech Poznan at Ibrox in their second Group D fixture. McLeish believes coping with both domestic and European demands is the biggest challenge for Gerrard.

"To maintain the two competitions is going to be very tough,” he added. "The last couple of seasons when Alfredo Morelos was out injured, sent off or suspended - which wasn't great - they didn't have much cover.

"That is where I felt Rangers were going to be short and I always felt they needed to reinforce the centre forward situation. It looks like they have done a good bit of business for this season with Roofe. They have a great chance.”

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