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Nicholas: Celtic are ‘hurting’ and want revenge against Rangers in Old Firm Derby

Charlie Nicholas says Celtic will want ‘revenge’ when they face bitter rivals Rangers in the Old Firm derby this weekend.

Neil Lennon’s side host second-placed Rangers at Celtic Park on Sunday, knowing a win will all but end their rivals faint title hopes.

Former Celtic player Nicholas, who won two titles with the club, believes the champions will be out for revenge having suffered a 1-0 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox in December.

“It’s the best derby, for the passion,” he told Sky Sports.

“It might not be the classiest derby you’ll ever watch but it will never disappoint in terms of drama.

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“This is a very special football match.

“Celtic are hurting after Rangers finally got that win over them but it was the manner of the win. Rangers looked like challengers then. Unfortunately for Rangers, that’s disappeared and it’s falling apart.

“Celtic will be hurting from the defeat. The way that Rangers celebrated after waiting so long to get a victory – I can understand that. But revenge is in the air. Celtic will want to cement this title. The gap and the merit is there, Celtic have earned the right to go and bully Rangers a little bit.”