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Scottish League Cup final: Rangers vs Celtic preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Ben Green

Published: 13:11, 8 December 2019

Rangers and Celtic will go head-to-head at Hampden Park on Sunday in the first Scottish Cup final between these two adversaries since 2011.

The Bhoys have clinched a domestic treble in the previous three seasons and will be hoping to extend that run under Neil Lennon this time round.

Rangers meanwhile are yet to bring silverware back to the Ibrox since winning this competition eight years ago, when Walter Smith’s side edged their Old Firm rivals in extra-time thanks to Nikica Jelavic.

Read on for Rangers vs Celtic preview, predictions, team news, TV channel info and more.

When is Rangers vs Celtic and where can I watch live?

Competition: Scottish League Cup

Venue: Hampden Park

Date: Sunday, 8 December 2019

Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 1

Last five meetings: Rangers vs Celtic

1 Sep 2019: Rangers 0-2 Celtic (Scottish Premiership)

12 May 2019: Rangers 2-0 Celtic (Scottish Premiership)

31 Mar 2019: Celtic 2-1 Rangers (Scottish Premiership)

29 Dec 2018: Rangers 1-0 Celtic (Scottish Premiership)

2 Sep 2018: Celtic 1-0 Rangers (Scottish Premiership)

Aggregate Score: Rangers (LWLWL) 4-5 Celtic (WLWLW)

Ones to watch

Rangers: Alfredo Morelos

The Colombian marksman is undoubtedly Steven Gerrard’s biggest weapon, and will pose a significant threat to Celtic’s backline later this afternoon. He has tendency to elevate his game – and temper – for these intense Old Firm matches, and could prove the difference between the two sides if he’s able to controls emotions and play his natural game in the final third.   

Key stat: Alfredo Morelos has netted 25 goals in 30 games for Rangers across all competitions this season.

Celtic: Scott Brown

There are few who enjoy a heated Old Firm derby like Celtic captain Scott Brown, who really relishes these big encounters and gets the fans fired up – as well as the opposition. His influence, leadership and aggression will be key for Neil Lennon’s side this afternoon as they look to win a fourth successive Scottish League Cup.

Key stat: Scott Brown has won 18 of the 33 Old Firm matches he has been involved in during his career.

Team news

Rangers

Steven Davis has been carrying a knock leading up to this match, but should be fit to at least make Gerrard’s matchday squad, while left-back Borna Barisic is a doubt having sat out of Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Aberdeen.

Predicted XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Helander, Flanagan; Arfield, Jack, Aribo, Davis, Kent; Morelos.

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Celtic

Celtic’s star striker Odsonne Edouard has missed the previous three matches for the Glasgow club but has been declared fit to participate in the final. Lennon has also given the green light to Jonny Hayes, Boli Bolingoli and Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Elsewhere Hatem Elhamed and Vakoun Bayo are both absent for this match with injuries, while Greg Taylor is cup-tied.

Predicted XI: Forster; Bauer, Bitton, Ajer, Frimpong; Brown, McGregor, Christie, Ntcham, Forrest; Edouard.

Squawka prediction

Only two points separate these sides at the top of the Scottish Premiership so this should prove an exceptionally competitive derby. Celtic have been in tremendous and devastating form under Lennon these past few months, sitting atop the domestic league table and flying in Europe. With Edouard back fit and expected to start, it is difficult to look past Celtic making it four on the bounce in this competition.

Scoreline prediction: Rangers 1-2 Celtic