Alan Hutton names two Celtic stars that Rangers have to watch out for in the final

SUNDAY’S FIRST EVER League Cup final between Celtic and the Rangers is expected to be a tight affair with the winner waking out with the first trophy of the Scottish season and major bragging rights. Former Rangers star, Alan Hutton, has warned Steven Gerrard about two Celtic players who can make the difference at Hampden.

Both Celtic and the Rangers have started the season in brilliant form and currently occupy the first and second position in the Scottish Premiership table respectively. Steven Gerrard has managed to resurrect the Rangers since arriving at Ibrox. And after a near decade of dominance, Celtic finally seem to have a title challenger in the form of their new Glasgow rivals.

The two sides had mixed fortunes on Wednesday and the final on Sunday might have played a huge part in that. Celtic needed a 92nd from Scott Brown in order to edge out Hamilton Academial 2-1 at home. Rangers on the other hand threw away a two goal lead and could only manage a 2-2 draw against Aberdeen at Pittodrie, thus sending the Hoops two points clear. But considering their recent form, both teams have reason to be optimistic of their chances going into the final.

Former Rangers defender, Alan Hutton, has identified two Celtic stars who Steven Gerrard needs to be careful of when the two sides take on each other at Hampden Park. Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton said:

“He’s [Christie’s] had an unbelievable season, he’s just going from strength to strength. I watched the game against Ross County and again, just intelligent.

“Intelligent movement, intelligent runs, always seems to be in the right place at the right time, everything seems to flow through him.

“He’s really one of the top players for Celtic at the moment and he’s going to be, him and Forrest, are the ones we (Rangers) are going to have to look out for at the weekend.”

There is no question about the fact that both Ryan Chrisite and James Forrest could decide the fate of the League Cup on Sunday. The two have had a hand in a combined 52 goals this season and we are only entering December. If both are on song at Hampden, then Celtic can expect to walk out with the Cup when they leave the national stadium.

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