Rangers clearly feeling the pressure ahead of Celtic match

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Glasgow derbies are always important games. This Saturday's fixture will be no exception. With Celtic three points ahead of the Rangers in the race for the Premiership title and just three league games left for each team, there is plenty to play for. While Brendan Rodgers has talked about having 'fun' at the weekend, over at Ibrox there are plenty of signs to suggest that the pressure is being felt by the players and the coaching staff there. 

Although the Rangers defeated Kilmarnock last weekend, the match wasn't without its questionable moments. James Tavernier will have been disappointed with his own goal to give the visitors the lead and then saw his penalty saved later in the match.

A double disappointment under pressure for their Hall of Fame captain. It is also worth pointing out that the Rangers were trailing as long as Kilmarnock had eleven players on the pitch and for quite some time after that as well.

During the match, Fabio Silva managed to stay on his feet in front of the goal to net their equaliser in first-half injury time. But his celebration afterwards did not go down too well with many of their supporters.

Rangers clearly feeling the pressure ahead of Celtic match

Then there has been Philippe Clement's reaction to Rodgers' comments about having 'fun' in the derby. As reported by the BBC, the Rangers boss said:

"It’s not really respectful towards my team.

"I will never say things like that about an opponent."

More than a few eyebrows were raised though, when he did exactly that soon afterwards. Clement said:

"I heard yesterday that they are going to have fun. We're going to have fun also."

There are also videos circulating on social media of Borna Barisic and Jack Butland appearing to argue with fans outside the ground. There are more behind-the-scenes rumours circulating about the Rangers ahead of the Glasgow Derby. All things said, that is quite a few who don't seem to be in the fun zone currently.

Celtic's biggest advantage going into the Glasgow Derby will be the Parkhead atmosphere and their experience of getting over the finish line consistently. On the other hand, the Rangers do not seem to be having a great time dealing with the pressure of the title race.