Fixture: Celtic vs Rangers
Competition: Scottish Premier League
Kick-off Time: 12:00 pm BST, Saturday 10th September 2016
Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow
CELTIC TEAM NEWS & PREVIEW
Celtic will be looking to continue their impressive start to the season when they take on Rangers this weekend.
The Scottish Premier League has been a one-horse race for a while now and the Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will want to extend that run for as long as he is in charge.
This is will be the first meeting between the two sides in the Premiership since 2012 and Brendan Rodgers’ first Old firm derby.
The former Liverpool manager claimed earlier this season that it was one of the first matches he looked for when he joined the club.
Celtic have won all of their first three matches in the league and will be hoping to add to that at the expense of their bitter rivals.
Rodgers will be delighted with the return of Leigh Griffiths and Kieran Tierney for the Old firm clash.
Both players were doubts for this weekend’s clash against Rangers, but the striker and the left back have recovered well.
Cristian Gamboa could get his debut against Rangers this week.
Celtic’s Predicted Starting Lineup: Dorus de Vries, Erik Sviatchenko, Kieran Tierney, Kolo Touré, Mikael Lustig, James Forrest, Nir Bitton, Scott Brown, Scott Sinclair, Tomas Rogic, Leigh Griffiths.
Get 6/1 on Celtic to win (money back as a free bet if you lose).
RANGERS TEAM NEWS & PREVIEW
Rangers are second in the league table, just one point behind Celtic. This is a great opportunity for them to pull off an upset.
Rangers are still unbeaten in the league and have won two and drawn two of their first four matches.
Mark Warburton’s side have been impressive so far, but they will be aware of the defensive improvements needed against a side of Celtic’s quality.
The away side will be delighted to have Joe Garner fit for the derby.
The new signing picked up an injury against Linfield and was a serious doubt for this game.
Defender Philippe Senderos is likely to get his Rangers debut against Celtic this week.
Ranger’s Predicted Starting Lineup: Wes Foderingham, Clint Hill, James Tavernier, Lee Wallace, Rob Kiernan, Harry Forrester, Joey Barton, Jordan Rossiter, Barry McKay, Joseph Dodoo, Kenny Miller.
Get 10/1 on Rangers to win (money back as a free bet if you lose).
CELTIC VS RANGERS KEY STATS
Celtic have won 9 of their last 11 home matches (Premiership).
Celtic have scored at least 3 goals in their last 3 home matches (Premiership).
Rangers have failed to score in 5 of their last 6 home matches against Rangers in all competitions.
CELTIC VS RANGERS BETTING TIPS
Celtic have won all of their games so far this season and are 8/13 with Ladbrokes to win this one. Considering their home form, a win for Celtic seems very likely.
Furthermore, Rangers have struggled to score goals against Celtic and the home side are backed 11/8 to keep a clean sheet here.
Celtic have a very impressive defensive record against Rangers at home and the odds of Celtic winning with a clean sheet are 15/8.
CELTIC VS RANGERS PREDICTION
Despite Rangers’ best efforts, they are simply not strong enough to cause problems for the Scottish champions.
Celtic are in supreme form right now and despite adjusting to Rodgers’ methods, they have done enough to establish themselves as the best side in the country so far.
A home win seems very likely here.
Celtic 2-0 Rangers