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Ryan Christie was the Betfred Cup final match-winner last season. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Interview: Celtic top scorer Ryan Christie on being fined by Scott Brown, his breakthrough and following the same path as his dad

An issue has been exercising the mind of Ryan Christie in the past few days. Its nature perhaps says much about how comfortable he and his Celtic team-mates are in their own skins whenever occasions regarded as complete knee-knockers roll around. For in his quiet moments of late, it has not been today’s daddy of all derby League Cup finals he has been pondering. Instead, the 24-year-old has been questioning why his wallet has been made lighter courtesy of the Scottish champions’ dramatic 93rd minute winning goal against Hamilton Accies in midweek.

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Alfredo Morelos was in fine form for Rangers against Feyenoord  in midweek but has yet to score against Celtic. Picture: Alan Harvey / SNS

Kris Boyd empathises with Alfredo Morelos over Rangers striker’s failure to score against Celtic

No defence seems immune to the plundering prowess of Alfredo Morelos right now. Bagging a new record of 13 European goals for a Scottish-based player in a single season with his double against Feyenoord on Thursday, the Colombian seems to possess the Midas touch in front of goal. Except in one context that will be homed in on ahead of next Sunday’s League Cup final at Hampden. For the glaring absence across a near-two year Ibrox career wherein he has found the net an incredible 72 times, this week also became the first man to score in four consecutive European games for the club, and netted against 10 of the current Scottish top flight teams, is a goal against Celtic.

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Rangers' James Tavernier clears the ball from Feyenoord's Leroy Fer during the 2-2 draw in Rotterdam. Picture: Peter Dejong/AP

Rangers have been transformed under Dave King, according to James Tavernier

As well as being club captain, James Tavernier is best placed to be club chronicler of the past four-and-a-half years in the Rangers story. The period that can be considered the Dave King years; an era about to come to an end after the businessman announced at the agm this week he would be stepping down as chairman of a club he bought control of in 2015.

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Celtic star Krisoffer Ajer on why he works so well with Christopher Jullien

The evolution of Celtic under Neil Lennon is perhaps best illustrated by considering the issues besetting the team that appeared intractable only a year ago. Rarely did a week pass in the early months of last season without Celtic chatter on hotlines and forums turning to the need to address the situation at right back, sign a decent centre-half or, often enough, both.

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