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Celts coy on 'Ibrox' title

CHARLIE Mulgrew believes it would be "stupid" for Celtic to think tomorrow's Old Firm clash with Rangers at Ibrox is a foregone conclusion.

The administration-hit Govan club are reeling having lost four out of their last six games and if Motherwell fail to beat Kilmarnock at Rugby Park today, the highly-fancied Hoops can wrap up the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title at the home of their great rivals.

Gers defenders Carlos Bocanegra and Dorin Goian return from suspension after sitting out last week's defeat at Dundee United but manager Ally McCoist may have to gamble with the fitness of Kyle Lafferty (hamstring tear) and Steven Whittaker (groin), who are both back in training after lengthy spells on the sidelines, while Sasa Papac is back in contention after recovering from a knock. While Rangers do not have their troubles to seek on or off the park, Mulgrew warned against taking anything for granted.

"It would be stupid to write Rangers off," said the Hoops defender (pictured). "They have plenty of motivation going into this game, with everything that is going on over there, that will give them that extra bit of motivation.

"It doesn't matter what injuries Rangers have got or what we have got, every player on the park will be up for the game and giving it their all.

"It is an Old Firm game, everyone is up for it so it is going to be a good game.

"We are not getting sucked into the big hype about win the game and win the league

"We are just going there to win the game as we would any Old Firm game even if the league was tied up or it was a friendly. It would still be the same atmosphere and the same will to win."

Meanwhile, Neil Lennon has revealed that Strathclyde Police have spoken to Celtic and Rangers ahead of Sunday's Old Firm clash at Ibrox. If Motherwell fail to beat Kilmarnock at Rugby Park today, the Hoops can win the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title at the home of their greatest rivals for the first time since 1967, which would add spice to what is always a fiery fixture.


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