Celtic vs Rangers betting tips: Scottish Premiership match preview & predictions

Celtic vs Rangers prediction: Celtic 2-1 Rangers

A massive top of the table Old Firm clash.

For the first time in a long time, Scotland has a true title race on and this one will come down to fine margins.

Who will go into the winter break celebrating Derby Day success in Glasgow?

Highlights of Rangers 0-2 Celtic

Highlights of Rangers 0-1 Celtic

Celtic vs Rangers: Who will win?

As hosts, Celtic are the favourites to win this match at 21/20.

Rangers meanwhile are 12/5 to win at Parkhead for the first time since 24 October 2010.

A draw is also 12/5.

Over 2.5 goals is 5/6.

Both teams to score is 4/6.

Celtic to win and over 2.5 goals is 21/10.

Alfredo Morelos

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND – JANUARY 27: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Tony Macaroni Arena on January 27, 2019 in Livingston, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Odsonne Édouard has five goals in eight appearances against Rangers. French Eddy is 4/1 to break the deadlock and 8/5 to score on derby day yet again.

Ryan Christie though is Celtic’s top scorer this season. He is 11/2 to score first and 21/10 to add to his tally.

Alfredo Morelos meanwhile is looking for his first ever Old Firm goal. El Bufalo is 4/1 to open the scoring and 7/4 to end his hoodoo.

Ryan Kent scored at Celtic Park last season before getting sent off. He is 9/1 to score first and 7/2 to score anytime.

Both Christie and Édouard to score is 7/1.

Both James Forrest and Ryan Christie to score is 12/1.

Both Kent and Morelos to score is 14/1.

Both Scott Arfield and James Tavernier to score is 70/1.

Celtic vs Rangers: Match preview

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 26: A fan walks past a Celtic logo prior to the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and AFC Ajax at Celtic Park on November 26, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

For the third time already this season, football’s biggest rivalry resumes in Glasgow.

So far, just as it has been for almost a decade, Glasgow has been green and white.

Back on 1 September, goals from Odsonne Édouard and Jonny Hayes saw the Hoops win 2-0 at Ibrox.

Then, earlier this month, they met in the Scottish League Cup Final at Ibrox.

On that day, Fraser Forster was immense and his saves kept them in it.

On the hour mark, Christopher Jullien turned in what ended up being the deciding goal.

A fourth straight League Cup for Celtic and a tenth consecutive domestic honour overall.

Ten is the magic number just now.

What Celtic fans want more than anything else is ten league titles in a row and they come into this one following ten straight Premiership victories.

On Boxing Day, first half goals from Callum McGregor and James Forrest saw them to a 2-1 win at St Mirren Park.

That means they’ve scored 32 goals and conceded just four since last dropping points.

Since Rangers were promoted back to the top-flight, Celtic have won four and drawn two in fixtures between these two at Parkhead.

Will they win this one and go into the Winter Break with a massive lead?

Rangers to end their barren run at Parkhead?

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 8 : A Rangers flag flies outside Ibrox Stadium before the William Hill Scottish Cup Fifth Round match between Rangers and Raith Rovers on February 8, 2015 in Glasgow Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

As for Rangers, they’ve been virtually flawless in the Premiership but remain adrift in the title race.

On Thursday, they needed substitute Alfredo Morelos to score the only goal of the game in a narrow home win over Kilmarnock.

That means they’ve still only lost one league game and that was to Celtic 15 matches ago.

Since then, they’ve won 13 of 15 matches but a recent draw at Aberdeen is currently proving to be the difference.

In the table Celtic are five points clear.

Rangers though do have a game in hand which is at home to strugglers St Johnstone.

This situation is what makes this game so intriguing.

A draw would leave the gap at a reasonable five points.

A Celtic victory would move the Champions a daunting eight clear.

However, a Rangers win and they’d be just two behind with that very winnable game in hand.

This may not be a cup final but this could go along way to deciding the title race.

Celtic team news vs Rangers

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 31: The Celtic team pictured before the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and Bayern München at Celtic Park on October 31, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Celtic do not have a fully fit squad but will still be able to name a very strong side for this huge game.

Fraser Forster put in one of the best goalkeeping performances of the decade in the League Cup final.

How key will he be again?

In defence ahead of him, Hatem Abd Elhamed is injured.

So, just as he did at Hampden, Jeremie Frimpong will start at right-back.

On the other side, Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo is fit and will get the nod over Jonny Hayes and Greg Taylor.

League Cup final goal-scorer Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer are a very settled centre-back pairing.

In midfield, Callum McGregor and Scott Brown will sit in front of the back four.

This’ll be the captain’s 43rd Old Firm appearance and he’ll be targeting his 25th win.

Further forward, Mohamed Elyounoussi is still injured.

This’ll mean Neil Lennon continues to rearrange his attacking trio.

In recent games, James Forrest has been switched over to the left with Ryan Christie shunted out to the right.

This allows Olivier Ntcham, who scored the winner goal in Rome against Lazio, to play in the number ten role.

Up top will be Odsonne Édouard.

He was only fit enough for the bench in the Cup Final but is back fit and firing now.

Nir Bitton, Tom Rogic, Mikey Johnston and Leigh Griffiths will be options off the bench.

Will Glasgow remain green and white?

Rangers team news vs Celtic

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – NOVEMBER 08: Head coach Steven Gerrard of Rangers F.C gestures during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between FC Spartak Moscow and Rangers F.C at Spartak Stadium on November 08, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)

As for Rangers, their injuries are clearing and they make the trip across town with a full fit squad.

A big performance will be needed from goalkeeper Allan McGregor, who turns 38 next month.

In defence, Nikola Katić has displaced Filip Helander so will continue alongside Connor Goldson.

Full-backs captain James Tavernier and Borna Barišić are certain starters.

In midfield, as always in a big game, Ryan Jack and Glenn Kamara will sit in front of the defence.

Further forward is where Steven Gerrard has big decisions to make.

Steven Davis played 12 minutes on Boxing Day as he returns from injury.

He’s likely to come in and join Scott Arfield and big-money signing Ryan Kent in the XI.

That would see Joe Aribo drop out and join Sheyi Ojo on the bench.

Jordan Jones is back from injury; he’s been out since the first Premiership Old Firm with a knee injury.

Up front, Jermain Defoe did start against Kilmarnock but Alfredo Morelos will return here.

The Colombian has scored 28 goals this season including the winner on Thursday.

But, he has never scored in 11 appearances against Celtic including a missed penalty at Hampden earlier this month.

Can he break that barren run and end Rangers’ wait for a win at Paradise?

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Rangers

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Rangers

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Rangers.

Predicted Rangers line-up vs Celtic

Predicted Rangers line-up vs Celtic

Predicted Rangers line-up vs Celtic.

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The latest tweets from Celtic pre Rangers

The latest tweets from Rangers pre Celtic

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

Scottish Premiership table:

#TeamMPWDLFADP
1Celtic Glasgow30262289197080
2Glasgow Rangers29214464194567
3Motherwell FC30144124138346
4Aberdeen FC3012994036445
5Livingston FC30109114139239
6Hibernian FC30910114249-737
7St Johnstone FC2981292846-1836
8Kilmarnock FC3096153141-1033
9St Mirren FC3078152441-1729
10Ross County FC3078152960-3129
11Hamilton Academical FC3069153050-2027
12Heart of Midlothian30411153152-2123
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