This is a fixture that needs no introduction and no league-table ramifications, but the significance of the latest Old Firm has been amplified by the nth degree given the context of the current standings in the Scottish Premiership, with just three points currently separating Celtic in first from Rangers in second.
Ange Postecoglou’s maiden campaign at Parkhead got off to a disastrous start, but that curtain-raising defeat in the capital to Hearts has been well and truly put the bed now, with the Bhoys on a war footing that has seen them storm up the table and consolidate a position in first ahead of their bitter rivals.
The reigning champions have endured an uncertain campaign following Steven Gerrard’s mid-season departure, but Giovanni van Bronckhorst has worked wonders to steady the ship and pick up from the exceptional work his predecessor produced at Ibrox. Now he faces a six-pointer like no other.
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Rangers vs Celtic: Match Stats
Reo Hatate came to the fore in the last Glasgow showdown between these two great rivals, bagging a debut Old Firm brace while also teeing up Liel Abada. Signed from Kawasaki Frontale in January, the 24-year-old, now fully-capped Japan international will be aiming to pick up from where he left off last time out. Georgios Giakoumakis will also be looking to continue the momentum from a recent hot spell. The powerful Greek has bagged five goals in his previous two matches, including a hat-trick last time out against Ross County, so he will be more than up for this crunch clash.
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
18 Apr 2021 – Rangers 2-0 Celtic – Scottish Cup
21 Mar 2021 – Celtic 1-1 Rangers – Scottish Premiership
Rangers got the business done at Ibrox back in August, but it was all Celtic just a few months ago. Postecoglou’s men ran riot at Celtic Park, leading the Old Firm 3-0 at half-time, and in truth, it could have been more. This was Van Bronckhorst’s first derby in the hotseat, contesting in plenty as a player, and the Dutchman will be desperate to avoid successive defeats in the club’s most important fixture.