Kick-off: 1200, 01/09/2019
TV: Sky Sports
Rangers managed to beat Celtic twice at Ibrox last season and look in good shape to continue that trend in this Sunday’s Old Firm derby.
Both sides have picked up maximum points from their first three Scottish Premiership fixtures, but the Light Blues may be better prepared for this titanic tussle.
Steven Gerrard’s side seems just a touch more settled in defence and 7/5 for them to prevail is our opening Rangers vs Celtic prediction.
A Look At Rangers’ Betting Odds
Rangers have made hard work of winning at Kilmarnock and St Mirren in this competition, but it was hard to fault a 6-1 demolition of Hibs on home turf in between.
Thursday’s dramatic 1-0 triumph over Legia Warsaw in the Europa League made it five straight victories at Ibrox this term and there is definitely a feelgood factor at the club.
Alfredo Morelos almost blew the roof off the stadium as his stoppage-time winner secured a place in the group stage.
Gerrard said: “You saw the place at the end and there wasn’t a prouder man in the building than me.
“To see my players celebrating with the 47,000 fans at the end, it was an emotional time. I was so proud to be the manager of this club out there.”
The former Liverpool captain has re-established a sense of self-belief at Ibrox and that has helped bridge the gap with Celtic in head-to-head contests.
Looking at the Rangers vs Celtic odds, we like 31/10 for the hosts to also shade this match by a one-goal margin.
A Look At Celtic’s Betting Odds
Celtic are still setting a strong standard north of the border following three consecutive treble triumphs and it would be foolish to take them lightly.
The Hoops made a statement of intent when beginning their quest for a ninth straight title by thrashing St Johnstone 7-0.
A 5-2 romp at Motherwell and 3-1 defeat of Heats further highlighted how much attacking talent there is in Neil Lennon’s team.
Thursday’s 4-1 success at AIK Solna in Sweden completed a 6-1 aggregate win in the Europa League and had Lennon purring.
“I couldn’t have envisaged us playing so well,” he beamed. “Going forward, we were a dream at times. To score four goals away from home, and it could have been more, is brilliant.”
However, Celtic have just looked a bit shaky at the back at times this season and Kristoffer Ajer, their most consistent defender, limped off with a groin strain inside 15 minutes against AIK.
Hatem Abd Elhamed and Jozo Simunovic missed that trip through knocks to give further cause for concern.
Let’s finish off our Rangers vs Celtic betting tips by taking 9/1 for a 2-1 home victory.
RANGERS 1-0 Legia Warsaw – Alfredo Morelos
AIK Solna 1-4 CELTIC – James Forrest, Oscar Linner (og), Christopher Julien, Lewis Morgan
Head-to-head: Rangers 2-0 Celtic, Celtic 2-1 Rangers, Rangers 1-0 Celtic, Celtic 1-0 Rangers
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