All eyes will be on Glasgow this Sunday, as Rangers host Celtic at Ibrox in the first Old Firm Derby of the season. Both teams have made perfect starts to the new campaign, with Neil Lennon’s team currently leading the way at the top of the Scottish Premiership table on goal difference.
Steven Gerrard will be delighted with the start his Rangers team have made to the new Scottish Premiership season, having won each of their first three league games, as well as winning their League Cup tie. A dramatic late win away to Kilmarnock proved to be an exhilarating way for Rangers to kick off the new campaign, with Connor Goldson scoring their winner. Following this, they then thrashed Hibernian 6-1 at Ibrox thanks to a Jermain Defoe hat-trick, before Borna Barisic scored the game’s only goal in their 1-0 victory over St. Mirren last time out. Rangers won both meetings between these two sides at Ibrox last term and Gerrard will be eager for his team to take the three points at home again here.
Celtic have been in excellent form in front of goal in the early weeks of the season, with their goalscoring prowess leaving them at the top of the Scottish Premiership table. Neil Lennon has seen his side score 15 goals in their opening three games, starting with a 7-0 thrashing of St. Johnstone at home on the opening day of the season. That was followed by a 5-2 thumping of Motherwell, during which there were five different Celtic names on the scoresheet. Last time out, Hearts became the latest side to lose to the reigning champions, with Celtic winning 3-1 at home last Saturday.
Rangers are the favourites coming into this one and with there not being much to separate the two sides, we’re backing home advantage to help Gerrard’s men across the line in this one.
Both teams have been firing in goals for fun so far this season, with there being a combined 24 goals netted in the six Scottish Premiership games involving both sides.
This is always a feisty encounter and the previous meeting at Ibrox saw Ryan Kent strike Celtic captain Scott Brown, though the Liverpool loanee luckily avoided a red card.
Rangers have won each of the last two meetings with Celtic at Ibrox.
Rangers also kept clean sheets in both of their meetings with Celtic at home last season.
Celtic’s last win at Ibrox came back in March 2018.
Ryan Christie is the Scottish Premiership’s leading scorer with four goals in three appearances.
Greg Stewart is a doubt for Rangers with a calf problem, with Graham Dorrans and Eros Grezda are both set to miss out. Jermain Defoe looks to be in pole position to start up front in this one considering Alfredo Morelos’ disciplinary record in this fixture. Felip Helandar, Joe Aribo and Jordan Jones could all get their first taste of the Old Firm Derby in this one.
Fraser Forster should continue in goal with Scott Bain still missing with a head injury. Tom Rogic is set to miss out once again with a knee problem, while Jack Hendry is a doubt with a hamstring problem. Ryan Christie should continue in the starting XI after making an outstanding start to the new campaign.