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Barry Ferguson disputes Celtic insider's prediction as Rangers hero reveals what trait will win title blockbuster

Peter Grant doesn't believe Celtic will risk starting both Reo Hatate and Callum McGregor in Sunday's Old Firm derby with Rangers at Ibrox due to the pair's recent injury woes.

Japan international Hatate made his first appearance in nearly two months in last weekend's 3-0 away victory at Livingston after recovering from a calf injury, and looked sharp before he was substituted after 64 minutes. Hoops captain McGregor has been out of action since being replaced at half time in the 7-1 win against Dundee on February 28, where it was later found that he had suffered an injury to his achilles.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that the 30-year-old is now in the frame for a return for the potential title decider against Rangers. The Hoops command a narrow one point lead at the top of the Premiership summit, with the Light Blues having played one game less than their city rivals.

However, former midfielder Grant reckons that Rodgers will err on the side of caution with his midfield stars by only starting one of the two players. Speaking on Go Radio, he said: "I don't think he will do that, knowing that he will have to take one of them off after 50-60 minutes.

"They have missed a lot of games. Calf and achilles injuries are two of the hardest injuries to get over because fatigue becomes a problem. Psychologically, it would be a huge blow if they both started but then you had to take them off. That's why I think one of them will play with (Tomoki) Iwata and Matt O'Riley. If they both start, Rangers will be thinking they can use their energy and overrun them because of their lack of game time, and I think Brendan (Rodgers) will be very much aware of that."

But ex-Gers skipper Ferguson took a totally different view and

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