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

Rangers vs Celtic prediction: Rangers 2-1 Celtic

It’s derby day in Glasgow.

Possibly the world’s greatest rivalry is rekindled for the first time in 2019/20.

Both have 100% records in the Scottish Premiership so far but that will go for one here.

All four Old Firm’s last season were won by the home side.

Will that pattern continue or will the champions leave Ibrox victorious?

Whatever happens, it will be enthralling, exciting and intense as every meeting of these two fierce rivals always is.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: Olivier Ntcham of Celtic celebrates after he scores during the Scottish Premier League between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Highlights of Celtic 1-0 Rangers

Highlights of Rangers 1-0 Celtic

Highlights of Celtic 2-1 Rangers

Highlights of Rangers 2-0 Celtic

Rangers vs Celtic: Who will win?

As the home side, Rangers are favourites to win this one at 7/5.

Celtic are 9/5 to leave the West side of Glasgow with a win.

A draw is 23/10.

Over 2.5 goals is 10/11.

Both teams to score is 8/11.

Rangers to win and both teams to score is 7/2.

Celtic to win and both teams to score is 9/2.

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)

Alfredo Morelos has scored 58 goals in his Rangers but career but has never scored in seven Old Firm appearances. The Colombian is 7/2 to score first and 7/5 to change that stat.

Jermain Defoe will also be looking for his first goal against Celtic. He is the same,7/2 to score first and 7/5 to score anytime.

Odsonne Édouard in contrast has scored four times in four Old Firm appearances. French Eddy is 9/2 to break the deadlock and 9/5 to net anytime.

Ryan Christie is Celtic’s top scorer this season with eight. He is 13/2 to score first and 13/5 to net anytime.

Both Morelos and James Tavernier to score is 12/1.

Both Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield to score is 60/1.

Both Christie and Édouard to score is 10/1.

Both Callum McGregor and James Forrest to score is 45/1.

Rangers vs Celtic: Match preview

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

It’s been a magnificent start to the season for Rangers.

So far in the league, they’ve won all three matches in very different circumstances.

On the opening day, they required a stoppage time Connor Goldson header to win 2-1 at Rugby Park.

A week later, Jermain Defoe netted a perfect hat-trick as they demolished Hibernian 6-1 at home.

Last weekend, they ground out a 1-0 win in Paisley against St Mirren; Borna Barišić’s stunning free-kick the difference.

This will the be their biggest game so far so can they maintain their 100% record?

The Gers have also enjoyed a very successful campaign on the European front.

They comfortably got past St Joseph’s, Progrès Niederkorn and then FC Midtjylland in the Europa League qualifiers.

That set up a crunch play-off round clash against Polish heavyweights Legia Warsaw.

The first leg at the Polish Army Stadium finished goalless so it all came down to last Thursday’s return leg at Ibrox.

The tie was on a knife edge throughout with both sides having chances.

Then, in the first minute of added on time, Jordan Jones’ cross picked out Alfredo Morelos who nodded in.

Bedlam at Ibrox.

That goal was enough to book their place in the UEFA Europa League group stages for the second successive season.

Only two teams have won all eight European qualifiers they’ve played since the start of last season, Crvena zvezda and Rangers.

Friday’s draw saw Steven Gerrard’s side drawn against Porto, Young Boys and Feyenoord.

Some big ties to look forward to.

First though, the small matter of another huge game.

Can the Gers continue their perfect start to the season with a third successive Old Firm win at Ibrox?

Champions again as you know

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

As for Celtic, they too have maximum points on the board after three Premiership games.

The Celts hammered St Johnstone 7-0 on Flag Day before downing Motherwell 5-2 at Fir Park.

Last weekend saw a scrappy performance but that was enough to beat Hearts 3-1 at home.

They’re three out of three for the third time in four seasons but the difficulty level goes up numerous levels here.

In Europe, they too are through to a group stages but it is not the one they were hoping for.

The Hoops began Champions League qualifying by easing past Sarajevo and Nõmme Kalju.

But, they fell at the third qualifying round hurdle for the second consecutive season, losing 5-4 on aggregate to Cluj after a catastrophic 4-3 defeat at home.

That meant they dropped into the Europa League play-off round where they faced AIK.

In the first leg at Park Head, goals from Forrest and Édouard saw the gain a 2-0 advantage.

The return leg last Thursday was eventful to say the least.

Neil Lennon’s team were under the cosh early on but, completely against the run of play, James Forrest fired them in front.

That did not deter the home side who equalised on the night from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute.

But, just 48 seconds later, Mikey Johnstone raced up the other end and his pull-back deflected in off the goalkeeper to restore Celtic’s lead.

There was no further scoring until very late on.

In the 87th minute, Christopher Jullien tapped home his first goal for the club before Lewis Morgan headed in a fourth.

A very successful night in Stockholm.

Celtic will now face Lazio, Rennes and Cluj in the UEFA Europa League group phase.

It’s back to SPFL matters first though.

They lost both visits to Ibrox last season but will they leave victorious this time?

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)

In recent weeks, Steven Gerrard has been tinkering with his starting XI to help cope with the packed schedule.

However, on Thursday and again here, he will put out his strongest line-up.

Allan McGregor will be in goal; he’s kept 30 clean sheets in 61 appearances since rejoining the club in May 2018.

Three spots in the back four are guaranteed to be taken up by captain James Tavernier and centre-back pairing Nikola Katić and Connor Goldson.

The left-back jersey is up for grabs.

Despite the fact that Borna Barišić has started the last two matches, the more defensively solid Jon Flanagan could well get the nod.

This would be the only change from Thursday.

In midfield, Ryan Jack scored the winner in this fixture back in December.

Scott Arfield meanwhile scored in the win in May; both are expected to start this one.

There will be two Old Firm debutants.

Joe Aribo and Sheyi Ojo have both impressed since joining from Charlton and Liverpool on loan respectively this summer.

Despite some bright performances, and the decisive assist on Thursday, Jordan Jones will be back on the bench.

Gerrard has a massive decision to make regarding who starts up front.

In recent weeks, Jermain Defoe has been starting weekend matches and has six goals to his name already.

Alfredo Morelos meanwhile has been in the team for European games and he has already scored ten times in eleven appearances.

Morelos is likely to get the nod here despite the fact he was sent off at Park Head back in March.

Can the Colombian keep his cool and fire Rangers to a statement victory?

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)

As for the visitors from the East End of Glasgow, they have some injury concerns coming into this one.

First though, Neil Lennon has a big decision to make regarding who’s in goal.

Scott Bain is out with a broken thumb.

Craig Gordon started the two matches against AIK but Fraser Forster made his second debut for the club against Hearts last Sunday.

Forster was ineligible for the European tie so it appears he is the number one so will start here.

In defence, quite possibly Celtic’s best defender Kristoffer Ajer limped off in Sweden on Thursday so will miss out.

Hatem Abd Elhamed is also injured.

Thus, Moritz Bauer, who only joined the club on Wednesday, could be in line to make his debut and what a place to do so.

Fellow new arrivals at the back Christopher Jullien and Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo will also get a taster of the Old Firm for the first time.

In midfield, as always Scott Brown and Callum McGregor will sit in front of the defence.

This will be Brown’s 35th Old Firm game, he’s won 19 of those so far picking up 20 yellow cards.

McGregor meanwhile played more minutes than any other player in the world last season, 5,062 for Celtic and 832 for Scotland.

He’s already played 1,020 minutes for Celtic in this campaign.

Further forward, James Forrest has six goals so far this season and Ryan Christie has eight

20 year old Mikey Johnston will make up that attacking trio after some very good performances.

Up front, Odsonne Édouard hobbled off in Stockholm but Lennon dispelled fears afterwards stating it was just cramp and that his star striker should be fine.

French Eddy has scored four in four against Rangers so can he fire the Hoops to an away win in this colossal clash?

Predicted Rangers line-up vs Celtic

Predicted Rangers line-up vs Celtic

Predicted Rangers line-up vs Celtic.

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Rangers

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Rangers

Predicted Celtic line-up vs Rangers.

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

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