Ex-Rangers star Bob Malcolm feels the Gers will need to alter their strategy when they play Celtic again on New Year’s Eve.

Mark Warburton’s team were thrashed 5-1 in the season’s first Old Firm derby at Celtic Park at the weekend.

A brace from Moussa Dembele put the Hoops 2-0 up by the 42nd minute, but Joe Garner pulled one back for the visitors just before the break.

However, second half goals from Scott Sinclair, Dembele and Stuart Armstrong handed Celtic a memorable victory over Rangers in the first meeting between the two teams in the Scottish Premiership in four years.

And Malcolm, who thinks Rangers can afford to play from the back against other teams, has advised the Ibrox outfit to change their strategy while playing Celtic.


“It is definitely the way football is going”, he told the Herald Scotland.

“Managers want their teams to play from the back.

"But, first and foremost, you have to have the players who are comfortable doing that.

"Plus, if you are under sustained pressure you can’t just keep playing the ball from the back.

“I can understand where Mark Warburton is coming from. In most other games Rangers will be able to play from the back and push the full backs up.

“But in games like on Saturday you don’t get the chance. There is a certain point when, if you are under pressure in the game, you have to get the ball forward.”

Rangers, who are currently third in the standings with eight points from five games, will next face Ross County in a home league fixture on Saturday, as they seek to return to winning ways.