Celtic Player of the Year 'carnival atmosphere' threatened by Rangers as Chris Sutton details only way Gers win

Chris Sutton has pinpointed the only way he can see Rangers beating Celtic this weekend - as he admitted his old side's Player of the Year event could be marred by a poor result.

The former Hoops striker reckons his old club have all the advantages with 60,000 packed into Parkhead for the do-or-die derby for Philippe Clement's charges. A win for Celts would see them all but win the title with a six point lead and just two games remaining while they boast a superior goal difference.

That would be too much for Gers to claw back and Sutton insists Celtic will be feeling confident with their key men on form at the right time. But he did suggest a way the Light Blues could upset the apple cart.

If Clement's side can shut down the trio of Callum McGregor, Matt O'Riley and Reo Hatate, Sutton believes they have a chance to heap pressure on the hosts and kick off the "anxiety" they may need from the fanbase to cause a shock.

"What do we know it hasn't been plain sailing for Celtic this season, Europe's been a disappointment but they've somehow found themselves in this position where it's back in their hands to win the league and it feels like it's the be-all and end-all for both this season," Sutton told the It's All Kicking Off pod. "The game at the weekend, there's so much riding on it, it's so big.

"You think about Philippe Clement now has been suckered in to Glasgow. Glasgow does things to people that no other city in the world does, it turns people mad, stark-raving mad, it gets to everybody. It's a brilliant footballing city and Rangers were flying and all of a sudden they slip up at Ross County, nobody saw that! Then they go to Dundee and drop points there so Celtic have it within their grasp.

"It's an interesting game because Rangers know they've got to win so in many respects they can free up. Celtic at home, 60,000 fans, that's a massive bonus we all understand that. But just imagine if Celtic do go a goal behind. Imagine the anxiety in the stadium, so it can work both ways.

"It's a great place to play when you're in front but when things don't go well for you it can become a difficult place to play.

"It's the first time in however many years there's a title race going and it's going to the wire. It's an enormous game. Callum McGregor coming back to full fitness where he seemed to be carrying an injury, at the weekend he played well against Hearts, that was a biggie for Celtic and then Reo Hatate getting fitter who's a quality act.

"Then Matt O'Riley who was heavily linked with Atletico Madrid, his form has been good as of late. So that midfield area, for Rangers to win the game they've got to nullify Celtic's midfield.

"It's a difficult one to call, Rangers will be direct with runners in behind, they played that way under Philippe Clement. He's done a brilliant job to get them to this stage but the fact that they were in front and have let it slip, that's why I think he's getting a bit cranky and Brendan has got under his skin. That'll be one to watch as well!

"It's a humungous game that, if Celtic win, that's basically that. They've got the Player of the Year awards on the Sunday evening and I always think it's a sell out at the Hydro in Glasgow.

"Whoever booked that have taken a bit of a punt haven't they? If Celtic win it's gonna be a carnival but if they lose, just imagine the mood."