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Celtic can be beaten, insists defiant Waghorn

By Andy Newport

Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn insists there is no fear factor gripping Ibrox as his side prepare for this season's final attempt at shooting down Celtic.

The Old Firm adversaries have gone to battle five times already this term but the best the Light Blues have managed was last month's 1-1 draw at Parkhead.

The other four clashes have been relatively straightforward triumphs for Brendan Rodgers' rampant Hoops, with the most recent - Sunday's 2-0 victory in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden - another example of the growing gulf separating the teams.

With their bitter rivals sprinting towards not only a treble but also an undefeated Ladbrokes Premiership campaign, Gers have every reason to fear yet another derby encounter.

But Waghorn insists Pedro Caixinha's men will run out in Govan believing they are the team who will finally halt Celtic's 42-game streak without loss.

Asked if beating Rodgers' men was starting to feel like an impossible task, the Englishman said: "If you think like that it will become that. It will be in the back of your mind the whole time.

"The thing about this team is that we have a lot of big personalities, a lot of big characters.

"We're all disappointed from the weekend, but we can use that the right way.

"We're going into Saturday in front of 50,000 at Ibrox, it's the last Old Firm of the season and we've got a point to prove. It's set up to be, hopefully, a good game.

"I understand we've not won against Celtic yet this season.

"But there is always going to be a time and there is always going to be someone who is going to beat them and you have to be positive going into these big games."

If Caixinha's team are to get anything at all from this weekend's clash, they will have to put the visitors under more scrutiny than they managed at the National Stadium last week.

The Portuguese coach sent his team out with instructions to pressurise Mikael Lustig and Scott Brown in the hope of forcing mistakes that could open up opportunities to counter-attack.

But frontmen Waghorn, Kenny Miller and Joe Garner never got close enough to the Hoops duo.

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