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Last Updated: Friday, 23 May, 2003, 12:03 GMT 13:03 UK
Old Firm finale in the balance
By Bryn Palmer and Stuart Roach

Former Rangers striker Mark Hateley (left) and ex-Celtic boss Tommy Burns
Hateley (left) and Burns will be watching with interest

Old Firm rivals Mark Hateley and Tommy Burns have nailed their colours firmly to the Scottish Premier League mast.

Former Rangers striker Hateley is convinced his former club will regain the SPL title after two years of Celtic triumph.

But former Bhoys boss Burns insists Celtic can raise themselves for one final, dramatic effort.

Here, the pair share their views with BBC Sport:

Former Rangers striker Mark Hateley
Mark Hateley
Former Rangers striker

I think Rangers will beat Dunfermline - it just depends by how many goals.

They have got a one-goal advantage already and I think Celtic will need to score at least five goals against Killie.

Rangers have been playing very well of late. They have kept clean sheets in their last two games and Alex McLeish has got them totally focused on what they are trying to achieve.

Mark Hateley (right) celebrates the SPL title with Rangers team-mate Nigel Spackman
Hateley (right) won five SPL titles in two spells at Rangers
Dunfermline have got eight or nine players injured or suspended and, playing at home with a sold-out Ibrox behind them, I think the balance tips in favour of Rangers.

Having said that, you never write off Celtic. Every challenge that has been put before them this season they have come through with great credit.

Physically and mentally they will be very tired after losing the Uefa Cup final, but Martin O'Neill has got a reaction from them before on numerous occasions.

Killie have been a good side at home this year with a pretty frugal defence, and I think Celtic have got to be looking to score at least five at Rugby Park.

But with Henrik Larsson in their side, anything is possible. It is all set up to be a great spectacle.

Former Celtic manager Tommy Burns
Tommy Burns
Former Celtic manager

Rangers are favourites but, such have been the ups and downs of this league, who knows what can happen?

Rangers are at home against Dunfermline, who have got a pretty poor record away from home in terms of goals conceded, whereas Celtic go to a notoriously difficult place to get points, let alone goals.

But if you need goals then there is no better striker in Europe to have in your team than Henrik Larsson.

Former Celtic boss Tommy Burns
Burns never tasted SPL glory with Celtic
Because he is playing in Scotland, people demean the feat of the man but in the six or seven years since he has been here he has been nothing short of miraculous.

Wednesday's Uefa Cup final was his pinnacle and Celtic gave a fantastic account of themselves.

Now they know they have got one last battle to go.

It's impossible to predict how it will all pan out but if Celtic get a couple of quick goals then that would very quickly get back to Ibrox and could easily cause some anxiety and impatience.

BBC SCOTLAND COVERAGE
Rangers v Dunfermline live on BBC1 1400-1735 BST
Kilmarnock v Celtic live on BBC2 1455-1645 BST
Both teams have done fantastically well this year to bring it to a great conclusion.

They have kept the whole league going to the last game and probably to the last minutes.

It could even go down to a play-off, which would be the first ever.

And I believe that if you were to say to anyone at Rangers or Celtic that they were going to have to take part in a play-off then both teams would settle for that.





VOTE RESULTS
Who will win the Scottish Premier League title on Sunday?
Rangers
 52.32% 
Celtic
 47.68% 
24673 Votes Cast
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

CELTIC

RANGERS

SEE ALSO
Thrilling Sunday in prospect
22 May 03  |  Scottish Premier
Old Firm climax live on BBC
20 May 03  |  Scottish Premier
SPL goes to the wire
18 May 03  |  Scottish Premier
SPL announces play-off date
15 May 03  |  Scottish Premier

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