Kick-off: 1230, 02/01/2021
TV: Sky Sports
We’re tipping Steven Gerrard to go for the jugular when Rangers entertain Celtic in Saturday’s fascinating Old Firm derby clash at Ibrox.
The Light Blues go into this fixture 16 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, albeit having played three games more.
They could really turn the screw with an 11th straight home win in this competition and 21/20 for that to happen is our first Rangers vs Celtic prediction.
A Look At Rangers’ Betting Odds
Rangers have dropped just four points from 21 matches following Wednesday’s 2-0 triumph at St Mirren, where Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos hit the target.
Just about the only cause for concern this season has been a lack of goals from Morelos, but the Colombian coolly ended a nine-game SPL drought.
“Alfredo will be delighted with the goal,” said Gerrard. “He has been training well and I had a good feeling it was about to come.
“He’s getting into some good places. He was unlucky against St Johnstone last week and unlucky against Hibs on Saturday when he came on.
“So I had a feeling it was only a matter of time. You can’t keep him down forever. That will do his confidence the world of good.”
That victory was marred by Scott Arfield joining Ryan Jack on the injured list, which leaves Gerrard short of options in midfield.
However, we’re still backing them to shade an up-tempo encounter, with 29/10 for a home win and both teams to score catching the eye from the Rangers vs Celtic odds.
Last Rangers line-up: McGregor, Tavernier, Helander, Goldson, Barisic, Hagi, Davis, Aribo, Kamara, Morelos, Roofe.
A Look At Celtic’s Betting Odds
Celtic have steadied the ship since a poor run of results brought just two wins in 12 games in all competitions and prompted calls for Neil Lennon to be axed.
Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat of Dundee United was a fourth straight clean-sheet victory in Scotland’s top flight.
“We are playing well, everybody is fit, available and there is good competition for places,” insisted Lennon.
“We are creating a lot of chances, which we hadn’t been doing in that (poor) spell, and we have been looking a lot more assured at the back, so the players have found their rhythm.
“I wouldn’t say I am relaxed about it, you never are going into a game like this, but we are looking forward to it.”
However, the Hoops have merely taken advantage of a kind recent schedule and still seemed shaky in a delayed cup final triumph against Hearts.
The Jambos took that tie to penalties after drawing 2-2 at full-time and 3-3 after extra-time, so Lennon still has plenty to work on.
Celtic were on a similar run before having their limitations exposed by Rangers in the season’s first Old Firm derby and then AC Milan in the Europa League back in October.
This could be another pivotal moment in their faltering bid to make it 10 titles in a row and 8/1 for a 2-1 home win completes our Rangers vs Celtic betting tips.
Last Celtic line-up: Barkas, Jullien, Frimpong, Ajer, Laxalt, Soro, Turnbull, Christie, McGregor, Griffiths, Edouard.
St Mirren 0-2 RANGERS – Kemar Roofe, Alfredo Morelos
CELTIC 3-0 Dundee United – Ismaila Soro, David Turnbull, Odsonne Edouard
Head-to-head: Celtic 0-2 Rangers, Celtic 1-2 Rangers, Rangers 0-1 Celtic, Rangers 0-2 Celtic, Rangers 2-0 Celtic
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