Rangers hero preys on Celtic 'tension' as he spots Parkhead grumbles that add different title race dimension

Rangers closed the gap on Celtic ahead of the Hoops' return to action and one pundit can see the pressure dial being cranked
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Rangers legend Neil McCann senses Celtic are feeling the title race heat.

Rabbi Matondo and Todd Cantwell goals sealed a 2-1 win for Philippe Clement's side in the Premiership on Tuesday. It moved them level with Brendan Rodgers' side ahead of the Hoops facing Hibs on Wednesday.

Clement arrived with a gap to bridge on the champions, which he has narrowed significantly. His team have a game in hand over Celtic.

Former Ibrox star McCann senses pressure building in Glasgow's east-end, with fans unhappy with the board after a quiet January transfer window.

He told Sportscene when asked how much pressure the latest Rangers win puts Celtic under: "Big pressure. It is big pressure.

"I said on Saturday that the tension is starting to rise within Celtic. I don't think their performances have been great.

"There has been unrest with the fans in terms of the performances the team are putting on. I feel momentum is on Rangers' side.

"Going away to a Hibs team, Celtic, who had a really poor first 45 minutes at Easter Road (against St Mirren on Saturday). They need a reaction but the pressure is firmly on their shoulders now, Celtic.

The former winger also sesnes a fruitful partnership forming between goalscorer Matondo and another Ibrox star. He added: "Matondo did really well down the left.

"Nice and direct, from kick-off really. He is forming a bit of a partnership with Ridvan Yilmaz. A really good 45 minutes from him."

Next up for Rangers is the Scottish Cup. They host Ayr United in the round of 16 this weekend.