Rangers interim boss Graeme Murty says the media have done his pre-match team-talk for him ahead of Sunday’s Old Firm clash at Parkhead.
The Light Blues travel to the East End of Glasgow looking to inflict Celtic’s first defeat of the season and exact revenge for their 5-1 reverse in this fixture in September.
But Murty acknowledges the task and says the media coverage of his players in the build-up to Sunday will help motivate the dressing room.
I don’t actually have to motivate them.
I can just say ‘Listen you can either listen to the noise or you can be a really tight knit group and go and show them what you’re all about.
Rangers enter the meeting with their Glasgow rivals on the back of successive home victories over St. Johnstone and a 6-0 trouncing of Hamilton Academical in the Scottish Cup.
Pedro Caixinha was earlier this week rumoured to be taking the dugout on Sunday but the Portuguese boss’ move was stalled despite Rangers agreeing yesterday to pay Al-Gharafa, his current employers, a compensation fee.
Instead, Caixinha may take a watching brief from the stands but Murty says that does not add extra pressure.
If I’m honest I didn’t consider until yesterday that it would be me [in the dugout at Parkhead] so I’ve not let it dominate my thoughts for too long.
The Gers will be looking to be only the second side this season to take points off Celtic.