Celtic vs Rangers Preview

December 27, 2019
By: Daniel Orme

Celtic will be aiming to extend their advantage at the top of the Scottish Premiership on Sunday as they take on fierce rivals Rangers at home.

Neil Lennon’s men currently sit five points clear in first position having played a game fewer than this weekend’s opponents. Should they earn victory this weekend, it should put them in prime position to win their seventh-consecutive Scottish Premiership meanwhile. Celtic are available at 4/11 with Betfair to indeed win the league once again, whilst Rangers sit some way behind at a price of 2/1.

However, the upcoming clash at Celtic Park could really go a long way in deciding in which direction the title will be heading. After all, should Steven Gerrard’s troops earn the victory, the gap between the two sides will just be two points. In order to do that, Rangers will have to do something that they have not managed to do this season and that’s win and indeed score against Celtic. In two matches, Celtic have won 1-0 and 2-0 both in the league and in the recent Scottish League Cup final. They are currently available at a price of 11/10 with William Hill to earn another win, with the first draw between the two in just under two years at 5/2. Elsewhere, Celtic are available at a price of 13/5 to once again keep a clean sheet in another victory against their great rivals.

Even more ominously, Rangers have not managed to beat Celtic on their own patch since 2010, meaning the odds are very much stacked against them. They are currently at a price of 12/5 to produce a huge shock ahead of the New Year.

As would somewhat be expected, the two sides possess a number of the Scottish Premiership’s top scorers. Celtic man Odsonne Edouard leads the way with 12 strikes already and is at 4/1 with Paddy Power to net the opening goal this time around. Meanwhile, Alfredo Morelos is level with the Frenchman and is slightly behind at a price of 9/2 to score the opener.

Despite Celtic heading into the match favourites to claim victory, they do have quite a few injury problems to consider. Long-term absentees Daniel Arzani and Jozo Simunovic. Meanwhile, Hatem Abd Elhamed and Mohamed Elyounnoussi are still both out until at least the New Year. Elsewhere, Rangers only have one man out for the match and that is Filip Helander who is still recovering from a foot injury having been missing since early December.

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