In Focus: Sunday’s clash with Celtic is Rangers’ most important game for years

As reported by The Daily Record, Rangers striker Jason Cummings is targeting victory against Celtic next week, believing his teammates can’t wait to square off against the reigning champions.

What’s the story?

Cummings was in lethal form yesterday against Falkirk in the Scottish Cup, netting his first career hat-trick and giving Graeme Murty a positive selection headache for the visit of Brendan Rodgers’ side this Sunday.

Now the striker wants to put the pressure on Celtic and let them know they’re in a title race.

As quoted by The Daily Record, the former Hibs man said:

We’re going to go and try to beat them, that’s what we’ll set out to do and push them as far as we can. Of course, we don’t want to see Celtic winning trebles and winning all the time. We’re trying to put a bit more pressure on them and I feel like we are. We can just take it week by week and win every game we can and we’ll see what happens. The boys are buzzing, these are the games you want.

Whatever happens this weekend, it’s guaranteed to be a frantic and exciting 90 minutes. It’s undoubtedly the biggest match for the Ibrox side in years and their first opportunity to get within touching distance of the Hoops in the league since promotion from the Championship.

Will Cummings start?

Despite his excellent goalscoring turn against Falkirk, you’d still fancy Alfredo Morelos to get the nod over Jason Cummings next week, especially if Graeme Murty opts to play one up front.

Morelos is better at combining with teammates in the final third and while not as clinical in front of goal, still has 17 goals to his name this season. Cummings is also an excellent option to bring on from the bench if needed.

Despite Murty’s side having scored 23 goals in their last six matches, their path to victory against Celtic will likely be inspired by an exceptional defensive performance first and foremost, get that right and it’s anyone’s game.