Saturday 23 February 2019

'Difficult for Gers to close gap'

Task: David Weir
Task: David Weir

David Weir believes it will be "really difficult" for his former club Rangers to close the gap on Celtic while Brendan Rodgers is boss at Parkhead.

The 47-year-old ex-Rangers defender was assistant to manager Mark Warburton two years ago when, as Championship winners, the Light Blues beat their old rivals in a penalty shoot-out in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park.

The defeat signalled the end for then Hoops manager Ronny Deila. He was replaced by Northern Irishman Rodgers, who has not lost in nine Old Firm fixtures since, winning seven of them.

Weir and Warburton left Ibrox in February 2017 after falling well behind Celtic in the title race, and Rodgers' side are now chasing an historic second successive treble.

Speaking at a media event at Hampden Park ahead of Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final between the Old Firm rivals, Weir said: "I think it will be really difficult (for Rangers to close the gap to Celtic). He (Rodgers) is a top manager. He has a method in regards what he does.

"He has the respect of the players, the club, everybody and he is setting the bar high.

"Celtic's managerial appointment was really good. There was obviously a lot of thought and planning went into it.

"They picked the right man at the right time and he has shown their faith was right."

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