Kick-off: 1230, 29/12/2018
TV: Sky Sports
Rangers have threatened to challenge for the Scottish Premiership title this term but the tide seems to be turning back in Celtic’s favour at present.
The Hoops go into Saturday’s Old Firm derby at Ibrox three points ahead of their arch-rivals at the top of the table and with a game in hand.
Brendan Rodgers’ side can also boast the better recent form, so 19/20 for an away win is our initial Rangers vs Celtic prediction.
A Look At Rangers’ Betting Odds
Rangers dropped points for the fourth time in seven December fixtures when held to a 1-1 draw at this venue by Hibs on Boxing Day.
Alfredo Morelos put Gers in front on 25 minutes, but Darren McGregor’s late equaliser delivered another blow to their hopes of denying Celtic an eighth straight title triumph.
Adding injury to insult, Connor Goldson become the latest addition to Steven Gerrard’s list of casualty concerns as he limped off midway through the second half.
Left-back Borna Barisic has already been ruled out, along with long-term absentees Graham Dorrans and Jamie Murphy, while the Light Blues manager is sweating on the fitness of Scott Arfield, Gareth McAuley and Ryan Kent.
Midfielder Ross McCrorie insisted: “The injuries aren’t an excuse. We’ve got a good enough squad and good enough players here to go put on a performance against Celtic.”
However, Rangers have now only scored two goals in their last four home games and that lack of a cutting edge could cost them dearly.
Looking at the Rangers vs Celtic odds, we like 11/5 for the Hoops to win to nil for the fourth straight head-to-head encounter.
A Look At Celtic’s Betting Odds
Celtic had to work hard to win 4-3 at Aberdeen on Wednesday following an action-packed end to that Pittodrie contest.
However, Scott Sinclair’s hat-trick helped them to take control of the title race, having previously beaten both Motherwell and Dundee 3-0 at Parkhead.
Brendan Rodgers was pleased with a “brilliant” result and said of Sinclair: “He knows where the goal is.
“He wants to be in there to score. He has done it since I knew him at 16 years of age as a young player.
“In big games, he has always produced. He loves that type of occasion and all his finishes were very good.”
Sinclair has now netted nine times in all competitions this term and 11/2 for him to break the deadlock at Ibrox is added to our Rangers vs Celtic betting tips.
RANGERS 1-1 Hibs – Alfredo Morelos
Aberdeen 3-4 CELTIC – Scott Sinclair (3), Odsonne Edouard
Head-to-head: Celtic 1-0 Rangers, Celtic 5-0 Rangers, Celtic 4-0 Rangers, Rangers 2-3 Celtic, Celtic 0-0 Rangers, Rangers 0-2 Celtic
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