The Old Firm rivalry, deeply embedded in Scottish football’s rich history, kicks-off on Sunday as Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic go head-to-head with Steven Gerrard’s inspired Rangers side at Celtic Park. Both sides are separated by just one point ahead of the game.
This will be the first time Steven Gerrard goes against one of his former managers. He has one heck of a task on his hands as the Hoops are nine games unbeaten against them, having won seven of those fixtures. However, the visitors will go into this game with the hope that Gerrard has injected in Gers – being 12 games unbeaten.
Gerrard has no fresh injury concerns. Borna Barisic, who was ineligible to play against FC Ufa, comes back into the side. Lassana Coulibaly, Jamie Murphy, Graham Dorrans and Jordan Rossiter are all ruled out.
Allan McGregor, arguably the best custodian in the league so far, will guard goal for the Teddy Bears.
The defence will compose of the dependable duo of Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson. Jon Flanagan will play at right-back and try to nullify the threat by sitting flat and deep. Barisic is expected to go straight into the starting XI.
Ovie Ejaria will man midfield for Gerrard. He will stick to his position, play as an extra man in defence if required and keep things ticking.
Alongside him, will be a workaholic in Scott Arfield. James Tavernier will play at right midfield to provide crosses and defensive cover. Ryan Kent will inject pace into proceeding and offer counter-attacking opportunities.
After a long wait, Rangers fans saw the inclusion of Kyle Lafferty. He enjoyed a fine second debut and will now start alongside Alfredo Morelos as a striking partner. If they can thread together a few passes and compliment each other, Rangers will be in line to go into the international break with a point, if not three.
Probable XI (4-4-2)
Barisic – Katic – Goldson – Flanagan
Kent – Ejaria – Arfield – Tavernier
Lafferty – Morelos