Celtic vs Rangers predictions and betting tips for the third Old Firm match-up of the season on Sunday lunchtime. The previous two encounters between these famous old rivals have been won 1-0 by the home side, so will this one go to form?
Rangers’ victory over Celtic at Ibrox just before the New Year put the teams level on points, albeit the Hoops had a game in hand. Now, almost three months on, the Scottish champions have an ten-point advantage over their foes ahead of a crucial encounter at Parkhead. Win here, and Celtic will have effectively wrapped up the league title with seven matches to play. But if the Gers were to leave the east end of Glasgow with the three points, it could make for an interesting finale to the domestic campaign with a fourth Old Firm match still to be played in Govan.
Although many Celtic fans are still reeling from the departure of Brendan Rodgers, temporary incumbent Neil Lennon has very much steadied an already sturdy ship and kept his side unbeaten since arriving back at the club. Games between these two are notoriously difficult to predict but the absence of a sizeable away following now gives the home side a significant advantage before a ball is even kicked. I can see Celtic winning this one in a low-scoring affair, so like the look of the hosts winning with two goals or less being scored.
If there’s one man at Celtic who has become synonymous with this fixture, it’s probably Australian attacking midfielder Tom Rogic. The 26-year-old has carved out a reputation for being one of the Hoops’ big game players, and there’s no bigger fixture in the Scottish football calendar than this one.
Rogic scored a spectacular equaliser from distance in Celtic’s 3-2 win over Rangers last season and has proven the scourge of the Light Blues on so many occasions. The ex-Central Coast Mariners man missed the 1-0 defeat at Ibrox in December and his inclusion in the team sheet this weekend will provide his side with a big lift. Can he deliver a knock-out blow as he has done on so many previous occasions? You’ll get 3/1 on him popping up anytime.
Leigh Griffiths remains unavailable for selection with no official confirmation on when he’ll return.
Instead, £9 million summer signing Odsonne Edouard will likely lead the line with loanee Timothy Weah consigned to the bench.
Scott Brown, who was dreadful the last time these two locked horns, will wear the armband in the centre of the park.
Alfredo Morelos is certain to start for Rangers here after returning from international duty with Colombia.
Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack both missed Rangers’ 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock but could pass fitness tests in time to return.
Glen Kamara will get his first taste of Old Firm action unless replaced by the notoriously reliable Ross McCrorie.