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We can't be caught cold - Gerrard


Rangers boss Steven Gerrard

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard has told his Rangers players they have to be mentally strong to face up to Celtic as the Anfield legend has his first Old Firm experience tomorrow.

Gerrard knows the atmosphere of the Merseyside derby from his playing days with Liverpool, but a coaching debut at Celtic Park will be a massive test, with Rangers backed by just 800 fans due to a row over ticket allocation.

"It's a big game against a tough team. I obviously know the manager and the coaching staff at Celtic very well, who I respect a lot. But we are going there really looking forward to the challenge," said Gerrard ahead of tomorrow's noon kick-off.

"Celtic are renowned for coming out the blocks very quick, so it's very important my players are ready from the first whistle and we are not caught cold."

Meanwhile, Celtic have confirmed the departure of Moussa Dembele after accepting an offer from Lyon.

In a statement, Rodgers claimed that the decision had been taken "in order to serve the best interests of the first-team squad".