Rodgers says Rangers need to win Old Firm derby

  • Rodgers says Rangers need to win Old Firm derby

Rodgers says Rangers need to win Old Firm derby

For the first time in many years Rangers will approach Sunday's Old Firm encounter in a positive frame of mind following a run of results that has produced six consecutive wins and 23 goals into the bargain.

Sunday's draw came seven days before the pair meet on league business at Ibrox and Murty is happy with the mindset of his squad as they seek to cut the gap on the Ladbrokes Premiership leaders to three points.

"The more you play, the more you want to win".

With their own six-point buffer over third place Aberdeen, Rangers have now won their last six games on the bounce and have aside from a 2-1 loss to Hibbs last month, Rangers have won 12 of their last 13 matches, the only draw coming against Celtic in December.

Bates told The Scottish Sun: "I obviously train against our strikers and they're making me better - if you need to defend one-v-one against someone like Alfredo Morelos or Jason Cummings then you will get better from that".

Barrie Mc Kay of Rangers and Greg Docherty of Hamilton Academical battle for the ball during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox
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RANGERS skipper Lee Wallace remains a game-time decision after playing a friendly last weekend ahead of his long-awaited comeback from hip surgery.

The objective on Saturday was to get the game done and get through to the semi-final.

Russell Martin, Declan John and Jamie Murphy have all been struggling with injury recently, but we expect the latter two to recover just in time for this one. I am really happy here and I am working hard for the team.

"This is the biggest test we now have and we have got a group of players who are really positive, really hungry and desperate to do well, which is a great thing for a manager". Maybe it was perceived that we wanted to take them on, but I don't think the boys were being over confident.

"But the first part of that journey is overcoming Celtic and that's why Sunday's game is such a big game for them". We are a different kind of team and I would say our people in form are capable of causing anyone a problem.