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Celtic vs Rangers: Predictions
After a decade-long wait for Scottish Premiership glory, Rangers lifted their 55th title earlier this month, breaking Celtic’s monopoly on the trophy and banishing the ghosts of their tumultuous existence throughout the 2010s, in which financial ruin sent them spiralling down to the fourth division.
Under Steven Gerrard The Gers have re-established themselves as the champions of, not only Glasgow, but Scottish football as a whole, and they now take to this latest installation of the Old Firm having wrapped up the title and thwarted Celtic’s stranglehold on the division.
The question will be whether the Parkhead club hand Rangers a guard of honour, something the latter failed to do when Celtic visited Ibrox two years ago, but away from the token gestures, this is a derby that will remain a serious contest for both sides despite the title race already decided.
Rangers are in pursuit of an ‘Invincible’ season, currently unbeaten after 32 games, while interim Celtic coach John Kennedy may feel he has something to prove and will be lauded as a managerial cult hero if he can be the one to end the the visitor’s near-flawless campaign.
Celtic vs Rangers: Match Stats
In recent outings this has been a fairly subdued fixture as far as goals are concerned. In fact, there have been under 2.5 goals scored in seven of the last eight Old Firm matches across all competitions, underpinning the football parity of both sides, in terms of quality, and the tension of the contest.
However, it has been Rangers the more successful club in recent times, and they enter this contest having not yet conceded double digits in the Scottish top flight, shipping in just nine, while also keeping a ridiculous 24 clean sheets in 32 games, at least eight more than Celtic.
Rangers have sealed victory in each of the last three Old Firms, including a 1-0 win in January, in which a Callum McGregor own goal compounded the misery on Celtic after Nir Britton received a red card. That game felt like the moment when the title seemed destined to return to Ibrox, and they will now be hoping to complete successive Old Firm doubles.