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EX-HOOPS HERO HAILS HIT SQUAD

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FORMER Celtic striker Tommy Coyne insists Steven Gerrard and Co will have no answer to the champions’ firepower at Ibrox on Sunday.

The ex-Republic of Ireland international can’t see his old club failing to score in the first Glasgow derby of the campaign after claiming THIRTY-THREE goals in 10 games this season, as CQN reported yesterday.

The Hoops hit squad have collected FIFTEEN strikes in three league games with seven against St Johnstone, five versus Motherwell and three with Hearts in opposition on Sunday.

And boss Neil Lennon has three frontmen who will create menace to Allan McGregor and his fellow-defenders in the shape of Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Issouf Bayo.

The Ivorian powerhouse may have been stripped by the SPFL chiefs of his two efforts against the Tynecastle side, but that judgement will not deter from a solid all-round impressive showing from the forward making his first start for the club since his £2million arrival in January.

STRIKER ONE…Odsonne Edouard in good goalscoring form.

STRIKER TWO…Leigh Griffiths on the comeback trail.

STRIKER THREE…Vakoun Issouf Bayo ready to make an impression.

Coyne believes the Parkhead men’s threat in front of goal will swing it in their favour in the High Noon showdown.

The former prolific marksman, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “I don’t think Rangers will start as favourites – Celtic on most days score goals. I’m expecting Celtic to go there and score at least one goal.

“Celtic get goals from everywhere and I think that’s the difference between the two sides. Celtic can score from any area of the park and I think that’ll be the difference on the day.”

Coyne also endorsed the qualities of gaffer Lennon as the right man to lead the Hoops, despite the stick that has come his way following the shock Champions League exit after losing 4-3 in Glasgow to the Romanians of Cluj.

He added: “I think he’s done a fantastic job and he did in the past. Every time you go out onto the park at Celtic you’ve got to win otherwise there is criticism.

“He absolutely loves the club – he’s a born winner. I thought he was the ideal person, and luckily for Celtic, he was out of work at the time.
“I’m sure the fans will see that he’s the man for the job.”

 
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