Scotland manager Alex McLeish says it’s hard to see Rangers (11/10 Outright Without Celtic – Scottish Premiership) not finishing in the top two as the Ibrox club prepare to face Celtic, who could be crowned Premiership champions in the last Old Firm clash of the season.
Celtic could have clinched the title in the first of their post-split fixtures but were beaten 2-1 by Hibernian last Saturday.
McLeish, who guided Gers to two league titles during his five-year spell at Ibrox, has called on Celtic and Rangers supporters to show “dignity” and “decorum” when they meet at Parkhead on Sunday.
Rangers could lose their grip on second place if they don’t beat their greatest rivals with Aberdeen now level on points with Graeme Murty’s side and Hibs only three points back.
“Aberdeen bounced back well,” McLeish said after the Dons ended Kilmarnock’s long unbeaten run last week.
“That tells you that it isn’t easy for a manager if you don’t have replacements for your top players when they are out of the team. That is always something that has to be factored in.
“It shows that Aberdeen’s experience of getting second place over the last few years is going to stand them in good stead.
“But Hibs are coming up like an unstoppable train at the moment. It is going to be an exciting end to the season.
“It is hard to see Rangers not being in the top two – it is always a bit of a disaster if they don’t get that.
“Around the world, Rangers and Celtic are among an elite group of clubs that have to win every single week. A draw is a disaster, a defeat is even worse.
“I can imagine the week manager Graeme Murty had after the Celtic game. But, again, they bounced back with a good result.”
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