He could be one El of a shrewd signing
A few weeks ago, Rangers fans would never have dreamt that they would sign El Hadji Diouf. He has faced a barrage of negative publicity since signing on-loan from Blackburn Rovers and he is sure to face the wrath of the Celtic fans at Ibrox.
However, it could be a shrewd piece of business if he can show some of the form he displayed when he arrived at the Lancashire club.
He is fortunate that his first Old Firm derby is at Ibrox and not Parkhead. With the Senegalese international comes baggage, he played the majority of Rangers' league win against Hearts midweek and although not fully match fit, he should start in this famous Glasgow derby.
He was widely criticised for spitting at a Celtic fan in 2003 and the Hoops' fans will not have forgotten; he will be given a very hostile reception from the away supporters.
Diouf will need to have a calm head when putting on the Rangers' shirt because Scottish football is renowned for its tough tackling, no-nonsense style of football. The smarter players in the SPL know that he is a hot-head and he is likely to see a referee's card in the near future, if not Sunday.
Rangers are 6/5 for the home win, the draw is 21/10 and the away win is 15/8. Both teams are in fantastic form and the tentative title challenge by Hearts in the league over the last few weeks looks to be on the wane.
Bragging rights are even so far this season, Rangers won at Celtic Park by three goals to one (18/1) in October. The star of the show was Rangers' Kenny Miller but he has now moved on to play in Turkey. The game was different in that it was the first time a team had gone behind first then won the Glasgow derby in twenty-seven meetings. You can back Rangers to come from behind and win at 17/2.
In the reverse fixture, Samaras once again proved that he can flatter to deceive. He frustrates Celtic fans with his endless ability to blow hot and cold very quickly. He scored both goals in a two goal victory, arguably pay-back for all the years of frustration. Though linked with a move away from Celtic in the transfer window, he stayed put and is 2/1 to score anytime and 10/1 to score two or more. He is back in training again along with Loovens and will play on Sunday.
Celtic can also welcome back Ki Sung-Yeung and Cha Du-Ri from the Asian Cup and they are in contention to start the game.
It will also be the new Hoops' player Kris Commons first Glasgow derby. He was excellent in the Championship and he could be a shrewd signing by Lennon. He is 8/1 to score first and he is inventive in set-piece situations. His exit will be a real blow to the Rams.
One player desperate to score will be David Healy. The much travelled veteran feared he would never play for his boyhood heroes Rangers. He tore up his Sunderland contract to ensure he could move to the Gers and he is 6/5 to score anytime.
Both teams have brought in attacking players during the transfer window and, with it being a cup game, neither team will play conservative football. The Sky cameras will reign down over Ibrox and you can expect goals, over 2.5 goals is available at 21/20.
You are no longer able to watch the likes of Brian Laudrup or Gascoigne in a Rangers shirt or Henrik Larsson in green and white stripes. The money has dried up but that does not mean the game will not be a classic.
A high scoring 2-2 draw is 16/1 and the 3-3 is 66/1. Both selections could be a worth small punt. The match could be won by either side and it is tough to make a call.
Both teams took time to gel this season but you can expect a feisty affair and the goalkeepers will be busy. Commons and Diouf will provide the flair and few will be surprised if the referee seems card-happy. Total match cards over 6 is too short though at 6/5.
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