The recent derby trend that Celtic can tap into at Ibrox

By Hamish Carton

March 11, 2020

Celtic can tap into a growing derby trend when they visit Ibrox this Sunday.

Neil Lennon’s men travel to Govan knowing that victory will take them a whopping 16 points clear at the top of the Premiership, with just seven games remaining.

And if the Hoops need any encouragement that a win is very achievable, they need only look at a developing trend from recent derby matches.

Odsonne Edouard netted last time at Ibrox (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

All four clashes between the sides last season were won by the home team, with only one away goal scored.

This season, however, things gave been totally different. In the two league matches thus far the away team has come out on top, netting a total of four goals and conceding just one.

The home advantage that was so crucial last season doesn’t seem to exist anymore. But why?

Keeping Rangers out is key (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

If Celtic start well, Ibrox will be quiet

One thing that is notable about derby games is that the team who starts the best often get the result.

Of course there are exceptions, like our brilliant Betfred Cup final win in December, but history shows us that starting well can often pay dividends.

We’re not quite sure why this is so important in comparison to other matches, but it’s just the case.

In all four derby matches last season, the home side was well on top in the early stages.

They got the first goal on every occasion, allowing their support to get behind them and put the fear into the opposition as a result.

In the two league games this season, it is the away side who have held the early initiative. In contrast, this has quietened down the home support and led to some mumbles and groans, giving the visitors added confidence.

Neil Lennon will hope to mastermind another Ibrox win (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

This frustration was audible amongst the Rangers support back in September, even prior to Odsonne Edouard’s opening goal.

If we can find a way to start strong this Sunday, and add further worry to an already concerned Gers fanbase, that could be the platform we need to get another big result.

Start the game strong Celtic. Don’t give the home side any encouragement.

Then everything else should fall into place.

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