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Gerrard insists Celtic Park is no “Lion’s Den.”

Steven Gerrard says Celtic Park is no ‘lion’s den’, as Rangers prepare to face Celtic in this weekend’s Old Firm derby.

Rangers currently trail their city rivals by 10 points in the Scottish Premiership title race, and Gerrard wants his players to ‘thrive’ in what will be a raucous atmosphere.

“I’ve never seen fans win a football match, it will be loud but it won’t be a lion’s den,” Gerrard told his pre-match press conference.

“A lion’s den is when four lions jump over a cage and you fear for your life.

“You have to thrive in this atmosphere. If any of my players don’t fancy it they are at the wrong club.

“This time we won’t have the power of Ibrox behind us which was a big help, but the players have to have that mentality to go and get the job done.

“If you go in with the wrong mentality you won’t win these games. You have to take responsibility individually and collectively.

“We understand the gap in the league, for us, it is can we affect that? Celtic are clear favourites and this is probably our last opportunity to make it more interesting than it is at the moment.”

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