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Rangers vs Celtic - Rangers to make a statement

Rangers welcome Celtic in the first Old Firm Derby of the 2019/20 season this weekend
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Rangers are well-positioned to defeat Celtic in the Scottish Premiership Getty Images)

Rangers vs Celtic Tips, Predictions & Free Bets

Rangers and Celtic will both return to Glasgow this weekend following successful mid-week games in the Europa League. The two teams will meet in the first Old Firm Derby of the Scottish Premiership season and Steven Gerrard's men look well positioned to gain an early advantage over their rivals. 

Rangers vs Celtic Match Details 

DateSunday 1st September
VenueIbrox Stadium
CompetitionScottish Premiership
Time12:00 (GMT +1)

Rangers Form & Team News

Rangers grabbed a dramatic winner in the week to defeat Legia Warsaw 1-0 and qualify for the Europa League. The Glasgow outfit will be full of confidence heading into Sunday’s fixture. 

Steven Gerrard’s men are unbeaten since May 19th in all competitions. Since then they have played 16 games and won 13 of them. They have won each of their opening three games in the Scottish Premiership this season. Their last game was a 1-0 victory over St Mirren with Borna Barisic getting on the scoresheet. 

Rangers picked up two victories against Celtic last season. They won the last encounter between the two sides 2-0 at Ibrox. 

Steven Gerrard will be feeling confident in his side and will want to name his strongest possible eleven. Alfredo Morelos, who has already grabbed two goals for the club this season, is likely to start upfront. Sheyi Ojo will also play a key role for the team. 

Rangers are priced at 2.43 with bet365 to pick up the victory. The Old Firm Derby is an intense affair but these are excellent odds given the fact Rangers won the last two at Ibrox to nil. 

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Celtic sealed qualification for the Europa League with a 4-1 victory of AIK this week (Getty Images)

Celtic Form & Team News

Like Rangers, Celtic will also be happy to have secured Europa League qualification in the week. The Hoops picked up a comfortable 4-1 win away at AIK. Jamie Forrest, Oscar Linner, Christopher Jullien, and Lewis Morgan all got their names on the scoresheet. 

Also like Rangers, Celtic are unbeaten so far in the Scottish Premiership. They have been scoring for fun so far. Their last match was a 3-1 win at home to Hearts. They have scored 15 goals in three games so far this season. 

Neil Lennon will want his best eleven out to take on Rangers. Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie and Jamie Forrest have all been continuous goal threats for the reigning champions so far this campaign and will all play a crucial role on Sunday. 

Celtic are priced at 3.10 to pick up the win against Rangers. A draw is 3.50 but these games rarely end in a draw. 

Rangers vs Celtic Match Analysis - Rangers to make a statement 

Steven Gerrard’s men will want to close the gap on Celtic even more this campaign and they will be viewing Sunday as a chance to make a serious statement. 

Both teams have been relentless so far this campaign but Celtic may have been hit hard by their Champions League defeat to Cluj. They have shown that they have weaknesses and Rangers will want to exploit them.

Celtic have been firing on all cylinders so far this campaign in front of goal but Rangers managed to shut them out at both games at the Ibrox last season and will feel confident they can do it again after keeping back to back clean sheets in league and cup. 

Rangers FC Alfredo Morelos
Alfredo Morelos of Rangers scored the winner past Legia Warsaw in the Europa League this week (Getty Images)

Rangers vs Celtic Betting Tips - Rangers backed 

Rangers will run Celtic very close to this season and they look well-placed to make it three in three at Ibrox on Sunday. 

The game will no doubt be a cagey and intense affair but Rangers offer excellent value with bet365 at odds of 2.43. 

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