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Craig Gordon Backs Celtic to Use “Controlled Aggression” Against Rangers

Craig Gordon Backs Celtic to Use “Controlled Aggression” Against Rangers

Ahead of tomorrow’s Old Firm derby, Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has backed his team-mates to play with “controlled aggression” against Rangers.

The Hoops saw their unbeaten domestic run come to an end against Hearts earlier this month, with the Jambos inflicting a painful 4-0 thrashing on Brendan Rodgers’ side.

However, since the debacle at Tynecastle, Celtic have picked up three wins on the trot and haven’t conceded a single goal against Partick Thistle, Aberdeen and Dundee.

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And despite their upturn in form, Gordon believes Celtic will still need to “fight” for their right to play football against Rangers.

“We need to be aggressive and win the battle if we’re going to get the chance to play football,” Gordon told Celtic’s website.

“We know we do have to stay calm.

“There has to be a controlled aggression within that so we can go and impose ourselves in the game and play our football.”

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Gordon has performed well against Rangers in recent matches, with the Ibrox side having failed to score against him in their previous three matches.

However, the Scotland stopper isn’t taking his strong record for granted.

He added, “You have to fight for your right to play football. We know we have to go in there and be strong and physical.

“That’s what a derby game is always going to entail. We always have to be ready to face that and to play football and let our qualities come through because that’s how we’re going to win the game.”

Celtic currently boast an 11 point lead over Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table.

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