The Scottish Premiership could be effectively won this weekend with a Celtic win giving them a nine point lead over Rangers, with a considerably better goal difference. The opposite result though, and the race is wide open, as Rangers cut the lead to just three points and really put the pressure on their biggest rivals.
Celtic are on a great run of form, going on an unbeaten run that stretches all the way back to September. This has put them six points clear in the race to regain the title and it’s in no small part to the appointment of Ange Postecoglu as head coach last summer. The Aussie has been a shrewd operator in the transfer market and has assembled a formidable squad.
Rangers haven’t done badly this season, by any means, but they’ve missed the cutting edge they had last season and look set to finish in second place. Gio Van Bronckhorst should also take some of the plaudits for the side’s form though, especially in the Europa League, where they are in the semi-final.
This looks as though it could be a typical all-action Glasgow derby though, with even more on the line than usual. James Tavernier will be key for the visitors but Kyogo Furuhashi has returned from injury at just the right time for Celtic as they look to get over the line and win their 52nd league title.
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Celtic vs Rangers match stats
Celtic have scored 80 goals in 34 games this season, with their abundance of talent in the final third shining through. That includes 18 goals in their last five matches, a situation helped by the recent return of Furuhashi to the squad.
Rangers haven’t been able to reach the heights of last season, where they were streets ahead of all of the sides in the Scottish Premiership. They’ve still only lost three games this season but the six point gap to Celtic might be too large to overcome at this point.
02 Feb 2022 – Celtic 3-0 Rangers – Scottish Premiership
29 Aug 2021 – Rangers 1-0 Celtic- Scottish Premiership
02 May 2021 – Rangers 4-1 Celtic – Scottish Premiership
The two Scottish giants have met each other frequently with both sides having two wins in their last five games. That makes this game hard to call with both sides having the players to win it. With so much on the line, the teams could end up cancelling each other out.