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Brian Laudrup feels Celtic and Rangers ‘needle change’ as he makes Ange Postecoglou confession

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Rangers icon Brian Laudrup believes his former side are the benefactors of what could prove to be a defining weekend in the Premiership title race.

Celtic skipper Callum McGregor was left in a crumpled heap with a facial injury against Alloa and faces a spell on the sidelines and Yosuke Idegichi is nursing an ankle injury.

But there was better news in the blue half in Glasgow as Nigeria’s exit from the Africa Cup of Nations means Joe Aribo is back for the trip to Parkhead.

And the 52-year-old feels those moments, coupled with the long injury list and international call-ups, could prove difficult for Celtic in the league race.

Speaking in his Daily Mail column, Laudrup said: “Nigeria’s surprise defeat came just 24 hours after Celtic captain Callum McGregor fractured his cheekbone in their Scottish Cup match at Hello, with Yosuke Ideguchi another casualty The midfield battlefield has been changed.

“Does that mean the needle is turning in Rangers favour? If you asked the two managers, I’m sure the two would disagree. But from the outside, I would definitely prefer to be in Van’s shoes. Bronckhorst.




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“As things stand, with two vital rounds of games ahead before the derby, all the pressure is on Celtic. They play at home on February 2. They are four points behind. Winning would mean everything for their hopes. to finish at the top of the standings in May, but a loss would be extremely detrimental.

“Also, for Ange Postecoglou personally to suffer defeat in two successive Old Firm games would not be pleasant. Critics would follow. It’s just management at Glasgow.”

Laudrup admits Celtic won’t be at their best when the two sides meet next Wednesday, however, he knows all about the unlikely heroes emerging in Scottish football’s showpiece game.

But he thinks the return of Rangers playmaker Aribo could be too much for Postecoglou and Co to handle.

He added: “For Celtic the issues are clear. Kyogo Furuhashi appears to be a major doubt for February 2, Tom Rogic is leaving with Australia and Daizen Maeda has been called up by Japan. Now McGregor will to lack.

“We’re not talking about fringe players here, but about guys with a top-notch profile. McGregor’s importance in the middle of the park is huge. There’s an argument to say that he and Furuhashi are the cogs in the cogs the most vital of the Postecoglou team. Rogic has also been in great form.

“It’s going to be extremely interesting to see which direction Postecoglou choose to take in the games against Hearts and Dundee United ahead of Rangers’ visit. I think it’s inevitable that they will have to change their approach to some degree.

“In saying all of this, I know very well from personal experience that it’s about a lot more than just names on the team sheet when it comes to these crucial encounters.

“In my time at Rangers we had Andy Dibble in goal for an Old Firm game. Erik Bo Andersen came off the bench to score twice in another. Unlikely heroes can and do happen.

“We’ll know a week from tomorrow if there will be another. For now, however, I think it’s safe to say that Rangers fans enjoyed last weekend much more than their counterparts in the game. Celtic.

“Aribo’s availability is a huge boost to Rangers’ chances.”