FORMER Celtic midfielder John Collins admitted caretaker boss Graeme Murty has improved the Ibrox side in recent months.

But the ex-Scotland international, who was Ronny Deila’s assistant boss for two years before Brendan Rodgers arrived in May 2016, still doesn’t think they will overcome his old club on Sunday.

Mark Warburton, Pedro Caixinha and Murty have pitted their wits against the Irishman without success in eight games.

The Hoops have triumphed in six of the outings while two – both against the current gaffer – have ended in stalemate.

Collins said: “Rangers (sic) have definitely made progress, especially in the last three months.

“Graeme Murty has got his new signings in, they are on a good run, scoring goals and Celtic have dropped their standards, both defensively and offensively.

“Rangers (sic) haven’t been anywhere near it for the last few years, but the loan signings made in January have hit the ground running and they are playing good football.

“But the acid test is always this game. Can Rangers (sic) produce and get a win at home?

“The last three times Celtic have gone to Ibrox it has resulted in convincing victories.

“However, that was a Celtic team that was in full flow.

“They are not at their best at the moment and confidence is a little bit low.

“I still think Celtic are favourites for the match, though.

“They have had a lot of injuries, but they usually produce in the big games.”

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