Glasgow Rangers vs. Celtic / SCO Premier League – From this year again we again have the legendary “Old Firm” derby in the repertoire of the Scottish Cup and expectedly these two teams are in the first two positions after a little more than two-thirds of the season, but there is no real suspense. Rangers are in their comeback season coping well with other teams league, however, Celtic still cannot compete and therefore the difference is 16 points in favour of green and white, along with one game less. Celtic is still undefeated and they only played one draw, along with all the other victories, but Rangers have already lost three times and played a draw six times, the last one being away in the last round. In accordance with all of the above, Celtic has in the first duel between these two rivals outclassed the Rangers with 5-1, while they also defeated them in the semi-finals of the League Cup with 1-0. Begins: 31.12.2016. – 13:15 CET
Rangers are entering in this big derby from the second position, which is the maximum that can be achieved for now, regardless of the outcome of the match. Advantage Celtic is too big and it certainly cannot be achieved, although it is not important when you play the derby, because here is important to win, regardless of whether they are first or last in the standings. Rangers fans have long awaited for the championship match against Celtic at home, because their club was a few years ago in the lower ranks and only in Cup competitions had the opportunity to play against their eternal rival. They also had a positive series of four victories until Wednesday when they played 1-1 with St.Johnstone.
This team obviously does not suit them as a rival, because they also at home against them made the same result. On Wednesday, they managed to take the lead in the middle of the first half, but they kept that lead briefly and then there were no goals in the second half. They have also struggled against Inverness a round before, when they won with 1-0 at home. What is same in these two duels is the goal scorer, midfielder McKay, who also continued where Waghorn left off who has three rounds ago with two goals sank the team of Hamilton. It is interesting that Waghorn did not start the match against St.Johnstone, nor Hodson, so Windass and Miller jumped instead. Now Waghorn should be back in the team.
Probable lineups Glasgow Rangers: Foderingham – Tavernier, Klernan, Hill, Wilson – Halliday, Holt, Windass – McKay, Waghorn, Garner
Celtic is without any problems stomping towards the new title of champion, but they are also winning trophies along the way, and they already in your cabinets have the title of the League Cup champions. In the semi-finals, they eliminated their biggest rival and then in the finals defeated Aberdeen. Celtic managed to pass the three qualifying rounds of the Champions League, and to get in the group stage, but they still have not expressed themselves there and the very strong competition remained on the last fourth place. They have not managed to defeat anyone and their effect is three draws and three wins. In the championship no one can parry them and they only once in 19 games managed to celebrate, interestingly away against the weak Inverness, when it was 2-2.
In other duels, they were winning with less or more problems, and of course that they are in total the most efficient composition in the league with an average of almost three goals per game, but it is interesting that they achieved the same number of goals at home and away. They have also received the least goal and they simply do not have rivals in Scotland. However, this is a match which they should not lose for some other reasons, but not because of the need for points. They routinely on Wednesday defeated Ross Country with 2-0, and before that Hamilton with 3-0. Coach Rodgers has mixed the composition a little bit with the proviso that Mc Gregor did not have the right to play because of suspension, but he is now coming back.
Probable lineups Celtic: Gordon – Lustig, Sviatchenko, Simunovic, Izaguirre – Brown, Armstrong – McGregor, Roberts, Sinclair – Griffiths
Glasgow Rangers vs. Celtic PICK
It will be a big fight in this duel, because a victory is very important due to the rivalry of the two teams, and now still less because of the very points, although Rangers have to keep the second place. They will give their best against objectively much better Celtic and therefore we expect that both teams will score.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.70 at bwin (down to 1.60 can be played)