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Gerrard insists he has ‘confidence and belief’ in his players ahead of Old Firm

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard says he has ‘confidence and belief’ in his players as they prepare to face Celtic in the second Old Firm game of the season on Saturday.

Gerrard’s side can go level with the champions at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a win, and despite having lost 1-0 to Brendan Rodgers side in their first meeting of the season, Gerrard is confident ahead of the clash at Ibrox.

“I felt as if the first 45 minutes at Celtic Park, we didn’t give a true account of ourselves,” Gerrard told his pre-match press conference.

“We played in a shell and lacked a bit of bravery and belief in the first 45 minutes.

“We grew into the game and improved as it went on, but it wasn’t enough. For me, I just hope the players give a good account of themselves [tomorrow].

“There will be a lot of opinions about our performance come the end of the game, whether we win, lose or draw. That’s always the case.

“This type of fixture gets scrutinised more than any other – we’re aware of that. But I have confidence and belief in my players. I know that if they bring their A game, it should be enough to get the result we want.

“I’m sure Celtic fans around the world are demanding Brendan Rodgers gets the win. It’s exactly the same with Rangers fans and me. That’s life in the Old Firm.”

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