By William Hill
Last Updated: 27th December 2019
For Celtic and Rangers supporters the Old Firm derby on Sunday can make or break their end of year celebrations, and the Glasgow giants will face off at Celtic Park with both teams clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership. Here is our preview of the clash.
Celtic out for a treble against Rangers
Neil Lennon’s side showed they know what it takes to win silverware when his side defeated Rangers 1-0 to lift the Scottish League Cup trophy earlier this month, despite being down to ten men for most of the second half. It was backs to the wall, but that made it ten domestic trophies in a row for the Scottish champions.
A Fraser Forster-inspired performance was enough to stop Alfredo Morelos and Co. from winning their first major trophy since 2011, and that result could be psychologically damaging for the Gers as they travel to Celtic Park for this one.
The Bhoys have beaten Rangers twice this season, scoring three goals with no reply from their bitter rivals, and they will be confident of making it three from three to cement their place at the top of the table. Celtic can be backed at 11/10 to take all three points.
French striker Odsonne Edouard is the main man for the Glasgow side, and he has five goals in his last nine against Rangers. Expect him to make an impact – the former PSG striker is 4/1 to score first.
Steven Gerrard’s men out for revenge
Despite a huge blow in losing the Scottish League Cup final to their arch rivals, Rangers fans will be encouraged to have seen Steven Gerrard sign a deal up until 2024 in the week after the match. The former Liverpool skipper has made Rangers a force again domestically and in Europe, where he has led them to the last 32 in the Europa League.
The Gers boss has led Rangers to two wins against Celtic during his time in charge at Ibrox, but he has yet to secure a result in two trips to Celtic Park. He’ll know that getting a result here will be a massive lift for his squad in their quest for the Scottish Premiership title.
Morelos is firing on all cylinders this season, though he has yet to score against Celtic in his two-and-a-half years with the club. He’s likely to take one of his chances sooner rather than later and he’s 9/2 to score any time.
Given their record at Celtic Park in recent years, it’s no surprise that Rangers are 12/5 to come away from the east end of Glasgow with all three points. It might be more sensible to back a draw if you fancy the Ibrox side to get a result, which is available at 5/2.
Expect Celtic to scrape tight affair
Celtic’s European Cup-winning manager Jock Stein famously once said, “only a fool can predict the result of an Old Firm game”, but here it goes…
Rangers have definitely improved under Gerrard, and they’ve shown they have what it takes to get the better of Celtic, but Lennon’s side have demonstrated time and time again that they can grind out results in any fashion in these tense affairs.