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Gerrard calls on his Gers aces to dig deep for Old Firm derby

 

Treble top: Celtic’s Scott Sinclair celebrates after his second goal
Treble top: Celtic’s Scott Sinclair celebrates after his second goal

By Graham Luney

Steven Gerrard has called on his Rangers players to spring to life in Saturday's Old Firm derby.

The Gers could only draw 1-1 at home to Hibernian yesterday while Brendan Rodgers' Celtic defeated Aberdeen 4-3 at Pittodrie. The Ibrox side have played eight games in December and are now three points behind Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic, who also have a game in hand.

"There's a lot of ice going on bumps and bruises," Gerrard said ahead of the lunchtime showdown at Ibrox on Saturday.

"But I've said to the players we have two options: we feel sorry for ourselves, or we regroup. We have 90 minutes to flip how everyone's feeling right now. We have to try to use the home crowd to our advantage. We owe it to them to find 90 minutes then we can go and rest."

Rodgers hailed Scott Sinclair after his hat-trick rocked Aberdeen.

"He wants to be in there to score," said the Northern Ireland man. "He has done it since I knew him at 16 years of age as a young player.

"In big games he has always produced."

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