Celtic v Rangers: All to play for in last Old Firm game of the year

Rangers will be looking to avenge their League Cup defeat to Celtic when they go to Parkhead on Sunday for the third Old Firm game of the season.

David Alexander

Sunday sees the third Old Firm meeting of the season as Glasgow’s big two meet at Parkhead in the Scottish Premiership.

It’s all to play for Celtic 5 points to the good at the top of the table but Rangers having a game in hand making what is always a tasty encounter even more mouthwatering.

The Hoops go into the game on the back of an incredible 11 game-winning run and are strong favourites being at home but memories of the previous meeting between the two are still fresh of what was a game many Rangers fans felt they should have won.

The last Glasgow derby meeting was in the League Cup Final at the beginning of December, a game which Rangers dominated from start to finish but their failure to take their chances, and a heroic goalkeeping display from Fraser Forster, meant Celtic performed daylight robbery to win their 10th trophy in a row.

Both teams recorded slender victories in their Boxing Day fixtures with Celtic recording a 2-1 win away at St Mirren thanks to goals from McGregor and Forrest; and Rangers finally breaking down a stubborn Kilmarnock side after talismanic striker Alfredo Morelos was introduced from the bench to score the only goal of the game.

Morelos will be the key man for Steven Gerrard’s side if they are to upset the odds and gain the win their fans so badly want.

The 23-year old Colombian has been on fire domestically and in Europe this season with 28 goals to his name but still hasn’t managed a goal against Celtic – that will be a stat he’ll be looking to rectify on Sunday.

Neil Lennon meanwhile is not expecting to have any of his injured players back in time for the derby but he has some great talent to call on regardless.

Neil Lennon


A Scottish core of McGregor, Brown, Forrest and Christie will back up the brilliant Odsonne Édouard whose goal from the bench in the League Cup Final proved to be decisive.

The form book normally goes out the window in these games and the result can often come down to which set of players are better able to handle the white-hot atmosphere of the biggest derby in the world.

Celtic have home advantage but you can guarantee that the hugely outnumbered Rangers allocation will make themselves heard throughout the game with their team looking to silence the home crowd and take the points which would set-up a thrilling title race in 2020.

Celtic v Rangers
Sunday, December 29th
Sky Sports


Brian McClair


*Odds subject to change

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