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P.J. Murray 24th Mar 2012 - 22:49

Will Rangers get some change from Celtic

The points gap will play no part in this fixture as Rangers and Celtic meet for the first time since Rangers financial problems.

The Gers will be fighting to hold onto their second placing as Motherwell could have leapfrogged them by the time they kick off. Celtic could also be playing for the title at Ibrox, something which would delight the green half of Glasgow.

This will be the third meeting of the sides this season, Rangers started the season off with a 4-2 at home to the Bhoys while they were beaten at Celtic Park in December.

This is a game which never disappoints as the passion on show despite any extenuating circumstances should guarantee a cracking match.

The home side are 5/2 underdogs to take three points, the draw is 11/5 and probably for the first time in a long while, Celtic are favourites at 10/11 to win at Ibrox.

Celtic's defeat to Kilmarnock in the Scottish League Cup final at the weekend was their first defeat in some time, their league form has been impeccable.  Their last defeat in the league came back in October when Hearts beat them 2-0 at Tynecastle.

Gary Hooper (4/1 first, Evs anytime) and Anthony Stokes (5/1 first, 5/4 anytime) are both level on 20 goals each as they battle it out for the top scorer in the league. Both would fancy their chances of increasing that tally at Ibrox.

Rangers lost their main attacking threat when Jelavic signed for Everton and since then goals have been hard to come by for the Gers. David Healy has only bagged only three league goals, but he has the potential to do a lot better.

Rangers have lost their last two on the bounce, going down to Dundee United and Hearts both 2-1 score line. Both teams to score in this clash looks like a good bet, despite the Bhoy's defensive record.

Apart from their 1-0 loss, neither Celtic or Rangers have been involved in a game recently which has seen less than 3 goals, therefore I'd be on the over 2.5 goals.

Both sides will be up for this clash, Rangers will keep things tight in the first half, but Celtic's recent run and confidence should prove to be the difference between the sides, I reckon Draw/Celtic could be the way to go.

Should Celtic be playing for the SPL title then I reckon backing them -1 goal would be the value bet. Ally McCoist has done a Stirling job with all that has gone on, but he will be too handicapped to put it up to a rampant Celtic side.


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