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 Rangers hoping to crank up the pressure on Celtic

Rangers host Celtic in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday, March 11, aiming to keep their faint title hopes alive.

Celtic head into the game six points clear of Rangers with a game in hand, but a victory for Graeme Murty's side would boost their hopes of overhauling their big rivals.

The two sides have met twice this season, with Celtic winning 2-0 at Ibrox back in September and Rangers grabbing a 0-0 draw at Parkhead at the end of December.

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The two Glasgow-based clubs are the most successful in Scottish football, winning over 100 league titles between them.

The fixture has taken on more significance over the past couple of seasons, with the bitterness between the two sets of fans at an all-time high.

The off-field rivalry - considered one of the most violent football derbies in the world - can be traced back to the opening of a shipyard in Govan by the Belfast shipbuilders Harland & Wolff in 1912, an occurrence that is seen as the catalyst for politics to come into play in Glasgow.

A general alignment of mainly Scottish Catholic support for Celtic and the Protestant community in the country following Rangers was established and the hatred between the two sides has rumbled on ever since.

Rangers' enforced relegation to the fourth tier of Scottish football back in 2012 cranked up the animosity levels even further, with large numbers of Celtic fans refusing to acknowledge their rivals' previous history.

Many diehards will only refer to Rangers as Sevco, the name given to the Charles Green-headed consortium that bought the liquidated assets with a 5.5 million loan.

However, UEFA's subsequently confirmed that its rules allowed for the recognition of the "sporting continuity" of a club's match record, even if that club's corporate structure had changed.

Celtic have held the upper hand over Rangers during the past few years, winning seven and drawing two of their last 10 meetings in all competitions.

Rangers' solitary success came back in April 2016 when they secured a penalty shoot-out success in the Scottish Cup, but there are reasons to believe they can record another victory when the two sides next meet.

The Blues have lost one of their last 13 games in all competitions, while Celtic have won just four of their last seven outings and their performances haven't been impressive in recent weeks.

Whether Rangers can overhaul Celtic this season remains to be seen, but winning the latest Old Firm clash would probably be enough to see Murty handed the manager's job on a permanent basis.

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