Kick-off: 1200, 29/08/2021
TV: Sky Sports
Both Rangers and Celtic have had far from ideal preparations for the first Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox on Sunday.
The Light Blues have been hampered by Covid issues while Celtic will have no official supporters at Ibrox for this Scottish Premiership clash.
Taking everything into account, we reckon 5/2 for a draw is where the value lies with our first Rangers vs Celtic prediction.
A Look At Rangers’ Betting Odds
Rangers were without manager Steven Gerrard and several key players for Thursday’s goalless draw with 10-man Alashkert in Armenia.
James Tavernier, Ryan Kent, Scott Wright and Calvin Bassey stayed at home due to Covid restrictions while Kemar Roofe and John Lundstram were suspended.
Gers progressed to the Europa League group stage 1-0 on aggregate despite Alfredo Morelos missing chances and Joe Aribo hitting the woodwork twice.
Assistant manager Gary McAllister said: “I hold my hand up, it wasn’t pretty but we have had a difficult two or three days.
“The players are feeling it as well; there’s a lot of their mates, their team-mates and members of staff who have not been able to travel and these issues affect you.”
Those who did feature must quickly recover from playing in sweltering heat and that could affect the tempo of this contest.
Rangers have beaten Livingston 3-0 and Ross County 4-2 in league wins so far but there was a 1-0 loss at Dundee United and this promises to be a tight tussle, in the circumstances.
Looking at the Rangers vs Celtic odds, we like 17/20 for under 2.5 goals and 6/1 for a 1-1 stalemate.
A Look At Celtic’s Betting Odds
Ange Postecoglou has made a mixed start to his Celtic reign and it isn’t easy to assess what shape the Hoops are in.
After being edged out by Midtjylland in a Champions League qualifier, the Bhoys were beaten 2-1 at Hearts in their domestic opener.
August has been much better, with 24 goals scored in six straight wins in all competitions, including 6-0 Premiership victories over Dundee and St Mirren.
Thursday’s 2-1 Europa League loss at AZ Alkmaar featured a couple of defensive howlers but Celtic still advanced 3-2 on aggregate.
“It was hugely important we got through,” Postecoglou said. “It was a different type of performance but it’s great we showed that resilience.
“It means we are going to be playing in one of the elite competitions against good-quality opponents and ensuring there are more special European nights.
“We made two pretty terrible errors but that’s what happens when you’re dealing with human beings, they’re going to make mistakes. What was more important for us is how we reacted.”
Kyogo Furuhashi netted in the Netherlands to maintain his hot streak and make it seven goals in as many games.
For those seeking a first scorer wager, 4/1 for the Japan international to break the deadlock is added to our Rangers vs Celtic betting tips.
Alashkert 0-0 RANGERS
AZ Alkmaar 2-1 CELTIC – Kyogo Furuhashi
Head-to-head: Rangers 4-1 Celtic, Rangers 2-0 Celtic, Celtic 1-1 Rangers, Rangers 1-0 Celtic, Celtic 0-2 Rangers
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