Ange Postecoglou’s take on Michael Beale’s ‘other mob’ during a period of impressive form for both teams. Celtic haven’t been beaten in domestic football since September while Rangers are also undefeated since Beale’s arrival.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll be feeling the tension in the build-up to this one. It means so much for everyone involved and it’s actually quite a difficult game to predict.
Former Celtic stars give their view on Rangers clash
Here are two former Celtic players then, known for their excellence against Rangers, to ease any of your pre-match concerns.
Writing in his Daily Record column, Chris Sutton didn’t give an outright score prediction but does think Celtic will come out on top against their rivals.
He said: “Rangers have shown good form under Beale and they are entitled to feel confident. But, for me, Celtic have just too much quality in attack and strength in depth for them. There are a few new players in the Ibrox squad who are stepping into the unknown and if it’s a tight game then Postecoglou has the ability to make changes from the bench that can turn a game.
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“We saw it at Ibrox when Celtic were not at the races for an hour after being so dominant in the early exchanges. Rangers will take heart from that performance but also it will ensure there’s no complacency from Celtic.”
Lennon, meanwhile, appeared on talkSPORT on Friday and also provided reassurance that the Bhoys will get the job done.
The former Celtic boss said: “I think the first goal in these games is always really important. Celtic are in great form, they’ve been perfect since the draw at Ibrox.
“It will be about which team adapts best to the atmosphere and the conditions. In terms of the league, they are nine clear with a huge goal difference. Psychologically if Celtic win it will totally deflate Rangers. But if Rangers win it will give them a bit lift until the end of the season.
“I think Celtic will win 2-1 or 3-1 – I think both teams will score. But they’re playing so well, they can score from so many areas. I really like the mentality of this team and they are so fluid.”
An exciting occasion awaits. We must have faith the Bhoys will see it through!
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