The form book goes out the window in this fixture apparently, but it’s hard to ignore the stats ahead of Sunday.
Celtic welcome Rangers to Parkhead looking to pretty much confirm a title-party in the near future. Three points would take Celtic 13 clear of their Glasgow foes with seven games remaining.
The worst case scenario, however, would mean that the Hoops are still seven points clear, which is hardly disastrous in the grand-scheme either.
But whilst none of us want that to happen, a quick glance at the stats show there is next to no chance of it anyway.
Rangers’ last win at Parkhead came back in 2010. It was a 3-1 win on the day, and eerily enough it was Neil Lennon’s first Glasgow derby as permanent manager. Thankfully, Lenny is only interim for now.
Since then, however, Celtic have won seven of their nine matches with Rangers at Parkhead. The only joy Rangers got was a 1-1 and 0-0 draw in 2017 respectively.
But, perhaps more incredibly, Rangers have actually only scored a pathetic two goals in those nine matches. They were scored by Joe Garner and Clint Hill respectively.
Sensational Glasgow derby goal return
Compare that to Celtic’s stats against Rangers at home. In those same nine matches, the Hoops have slammed home a fantastic 20 goals past their rivals. Eight of them have been scored by players still currently with the Hoops.
Rangers’ win back in 2010 was also only part of a larger run of just two wins in their last 16 trips to Parkhead. It really is a record Celtic should be satisfied with.
Overall over the last three years since Rangers’ return, Celtic’s record looks even healthier. The teams have met on 13 occasions, with Rangers winning just one. Celtic have knocked them out of two cup competitions in this period also.
Since Rangers’ promotion, Celtic have scored a whopping 31 goals against them. Rangers, on the other hand, have netted just seven.
They say the form book goes out the window on derby day, but not really. Celtic have the better players, and have consistently shown it since Rangers’ promotion to the Premiership.
It wouldn’t surprise anyone if those positive stats were added to come Sunday afternoon.