Not many people are predicting a Celtic win over Rangers today outside of the Bhoys support.

As we discussed earlier, Neil Lennon has hit back at the doubters of his team heading into today’s fixture, feeling that it’s no surprise they have been written off again.

Pundits and journalists are lukewarm at best about the chances of the champions.

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Even pro-Celtic voices in the media are predicting a tough day for Lennon’s side.

Chris Sutton can usually be relied upon to provide a positive slant on the goings-on at Celtic Park, but even he doesn’t think we’ll win.

He’s predicted a 1-1 draw in his Daily Record column today.

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The former Bhoys star, who had a habit of performing well in the derby, reckons the mood in the dressing room will be positive though and that a win today would inflict a serious blow on the Ibrox side’s title chances.

Writing in today’s Daily Record, he explained: “If I was in the Celtic dressing room right now, I’d be looking at the situation since the start of the season and feeling as though things had turned out alright.

“We haven’t got started yet, we are only at 50 per cent of form and, if we win our game in hand, we’d be two points clear at the top of the table. That’s what I’d be thinking. Especially given all of the plaudits which have been dished out to Rangers.

 

“If Celtic go out and win this game at lunchtime, that would, theoretically, put them five points clear when they haven’t really even got out of second gear this season and their rivals have been nearly at their best.

“It would be an absolute sickener for the Rangers players and inflict the type of blow which they find tough to recover from.”

Perhaps it’s just that typical derby morning bullishness, but I’m not dreading today’s game at all.

I’m not saying that Celtic are about to go out and thrash our visitors 5-0. I just don’t think we need to be incredibly anxious or fear being turned over.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Lennon has a depleted squad after a horror international break, but the talent he has at his disposal is significant.

I also have faith that the coaching staff and players have learned lessons from last season’s derby encounters and can approach today’s game differently.

We’ve had a long 2020 stewing on December’s defeat and, despite being champions, have a bit of a point to prove today.

Bring it on, despite the doubters!

In other news, Michael Stewart has delivered his pre-derby verdict.

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