Three reasons Celtic should be confident ahead of Glasgow derby

By John Reid

December 29, 2019

Later on Sunday Celtic take on Rangers in what is a pivotal game in the Scottish Premiership title race. A win for the Hoops would move them eight points clear of their bitter rivals, and set Neil Lennon’s side up nicely for the second half of the season. Even though by their standards Rangers have had a decent league season, they still trail Celtic in the league table, and Neil Lennon and his players should be confident about keeping their 100% record in the Glasgow derby this season intact.

Here are three reasons that Celtic should be confident ahead of the fixture.

1. An enviable home league record

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Celtic’s home record in the Premiership is one that would make plenty of teams envious. The Hoops have played 10 league games at home so far this season. That record so far – 1o wins, and 30 points. The Bhoys have also scored plenty of goals in those fixtures, with 33 scored in those 10 games. Celtic should have no fear about playing Rangers. The team’s superb record at Celtic Park is one of the main reasons.

2. The return to fitness of the main striker

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Odsonne Edouard was only fit enough to play the last half an hour of Celtic’s 1-0 Betfred Cup Final win earlier this month. He still managed to contribute in that time, as he panicked the Ibrox side’s defence. Now he is fully fit once more. The Frenchman will be looking forward to adding to his goal tally against the Hoops’ biggest rivals. Edouard may not be able to finish the game, and could play only 75 minutes, for example. In that time though, you would imagine he will have done more than enough to positively influence the game for Celtic.

3. The manager’s tactical acumen

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Celtic’s two wins against Rangers this season have partly been down to good play, and partly down to great tactics by Neil Lennon. He stifled the middle of the park with match-winning results in the 2-0 victory at Ibrox. He then re-organised his side so that the 10 men Hoops were in control for the last 20 minutes of the Betfred Cup Final triumph. Lennon seems to have improved tactically since his first spell at Celtic. It would not be a surprise to see him produce another match-winning tactic at Celtic Park.