Ian Durrant fears Celtic can win nine in a row

Ian Durrant believes defeat for Rangers at Celtic Park on Saturday will serve to confirm the hosts' view that a sixth successive championship is nailed on and the former Ibrox midfielder fears the Parkhead side could then go on to win eight or nine titles in a row, writes Ewing Grahame.

Ian Durrant fears a defeat for Rangers on Saturday will lead to a Celtic title win. Picture: Steve Welsh

Durrant, pictured, was a key member of the Rangers side which won nine consecutive titles between 1989 and 1997 and he admits that the pressure to equal the Scottish record set by Celtic two decades earlier had been immense.

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However, he believes that Brendan Rodgers’ side now “smell blood”.

“If you get a taste for it, as Celtic have now, in terms of going for six and then seven, you start looking at it,” Durrant said. “At three and four you are cagey, you’re in a comfort zone,