27 Dec 2011

Rangers are ready for Scottish derby clash

7:02 pm on 27 December 2011

The Rangers football manager Ally McCoist insists his side will be ready for Thursday's Old Firm derby with Celtic despite their defeat to St Mirren on Christmas Eve in Scotland.

The Ibrox side saw their lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League cut to just one point as they lost 2-1 in Paisley while Celtic won their eighth match in a row against Kilmarnock.

At one stage Rangers held a 12-point advantage over their Glasgow rivals but a recent slump of form means Celtic could enter 2012 as the league leaders if they can come out on top in the crucial crunch.

However, Gers gaffer McCoist denies the title momentum has now swung in favour of Celtic and said form counted for nothing in an Old Firm match.