Graeme Murty believes this Sunday’s Old Firm showdown with Celtic will be the “first time” that a match between the Glasgow giants has been built up as a real competitive fixture since he arrived at the club.
Since being sent to the Third Division of Scottish football in 2012, Rangers have been slowly but steadily making their way back to becoming a real force in the top flight.
Without doubt, the club have shown the greatest signs of improvement this season, with Murty having lead Rangers to the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup and to within six points of the Hoops in the SPFL table.
And while Mark Warburton lead the Light Blues to a stunning Scottish Cup semi-final victory over Ronny Deila’s Celtic in 2016, Murty believes it is only now that the match between Scotland’s biggest clubs is being considered a “game”:
GM: I would say this is the game people are talking about most in my career. This is the first time people are talking about this game as a game since I’ve taken charge in it. That shows how far we’ve come.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) March 9, 2018
If Rangers can pick up a seemingly unlikely victory against Brendan Rodgers’ men on Sunday afternoon, they will have narrowed the gap between the two sides to three points, with Celtic holding a game in hand.
Is Murty right?
Is this the first time that a fixture between Glasgow’s big two has been considered a real game in over two years?