Football: No easy ride for Rangers

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The Independent Online
THERE IS little chance of Rangers enjoying an easy afternoon's domestic work after their midweek European exertions against Club Bruges. They head to the East End of Glasgow today to take on Celtic, in what is sure to be a typically demanding Old Firm fixture at Parkhead.

Rangers, who are protecting a 44- game unbeaten record, have won two and drawn one of the season's derby encounters to date. Celtic are resigned to a fourth successive term without a trophy, but Liam Brady, the Parkhead manager, will be a hero in the green-and-white parts of Glasgow if he can inspire his men to pull off an unexpected victory today.

'If we get the type of performance we produced in the last two Old Firm games, I believe we have the people up front who can supply the finish,' Brady said.

Andy Payton, Celtic's former Middlesbrough and Hull City striker who has hit five goals in his last three games, will lead the home attack. Rangers, nine points clear in the Premier Division, will be without Ian Ferguson and Pieter Huistra, and probably David Robertson.