Martin O’Neill Shares His ‘Concern’ for Celtic Ahead of Facing Rangers

Martin O’Neill expressed his belief that Rangers, under the management of Philippe Clement, have a serious chance of beating Celtic in their upcoming clash. O’Neill highlighted the significant improvement in Rangers’ physicality since the arrival of Clement, suggesting that this could be a key factor in their bid to secure a victory.

The Gers faced a 1-0 defeat against Celtic in the reverse fixture back in September, but since then, they have undergone a remarkable transformation under Clement’s guidance. The Belgian manager took over from Michael Beale, and Rangers have not only closed the gap on the league leaders but also demonstrated a newfound resilience.

Speaking about the transformation, O’Neill stated, “Rangers, since Clement has come in, have a bit more steel about them.” He emphasized the importance of physicality in football and pointed out that Rangers now possess players who appear stronger and more robust on the field.

O’Neill went on to express his concerns about Celtic’s physicality, drawing attention to their experiences in the Champions League. While acknowledging that having “big brutes” is not the solution, he stressed the need for a certain level of physicality in the team. In contrast, O’Neill commended Rangers for successfully integrating this element into their style of play under Clement.

As the Old Firm pair prepares to face off at Celtic Park on 30 December, all eyes will be on whether Rangers can capitalize on their improved physicality and close the gap even further on the league leaders. The match promises to be a thrilling encounter, with both teams vying for supremacy in one of football’s most intense and historic rivalries.