Kick-off: 1230, 17/10/2020
Stadium: Celtic Park
TV: Sky Sports
There hasn’t been an Old Firm derby draw for almost three years and 10 meetings but we’re bucking that trend by going for a stalemate this Saturday.
Honours have been even of late, with Celtic and Rangers posting three wins apiece over the past six encounters, and we reckon they are hard to split on current form.
Punters can get 12/5 for these arch-rivals to share the spoils at Parkhead and that is our first Celtic vs Rangers prediction.
A Look At Celtic’s Betting Odds
Celtic are a point behind Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table with around a quarter of the campaign gone, but have played a game less as they chase a 10th straight title triumph.
Since losing a Champions League qualifier to Ferencvaros on home turf, the Hoops have rattled off eight consecutive victories across all competitions.
Neil Lennon went into the international break in fine spirits following a 2-0 success at St Johnstone, with both goals scored in stoppage time.
After a deadline-day loan move for 27-year-old Uruguay international Diego Laxalt from AC Milan, the manager said: “We’ve come out of the window very strong.
“We’ve kept all our best players and that’s been a difficult thing to do. We’ve also added international quality in players who have bedded in straight away.
“Vasilis Barkas has done a great job, Shane Duffy has been exceptionally good, David Turnbull is a great young talent, he will flourish here.”
However, things have not gone smoothly for Celtic since then and Lennon has a number of problems to contend with heading into the first Old Firm derby of the season.
Winger James Forrest is absent with an ankle injury, while Hatem Elhamed, Nir Bitton and Ryan Christie miss out due to coronavirus issues.
Striker Odsonne Edouard contracted the illness while away on duty with France Under-21s and can only return to training a day before the game, plus Albian Ajeti must recover from a hamstring injury.
Looking at the Celtic vs Rangers odds, we think Lennon may settle for a 1-1 stalemate at 6/1.
Last Celtic line-up: Barkas, Taylor, Duffy, Frimpong, Ajer, Abed Elhamed, Turnbull, Ntcham, Elyounoussi, McGregor, Edouard.
A Look At Rangers’ Betting Odds
Rangers stretched this season’s unbeaten record to 13 matches when beating Galatasaray 2-1 in the Europa League and seeing off Ross County 2-0 in the Premiership.
Steven Gerrard then finally got his midfield wish as the Light Blues beat the transfer deadline to sign South Africa powerhouse Bongani Zungu.
Keeping hold of prolific striker Alfredo Morelos, despite interest from an unnamed Serie A club, was another boost.
Former Ibrox star Marco Negri believes Rangers are in good shape but the destiny of the championship is too close to call.
The Italian said: “The start is great because I love it when a team doesn’t concede goals easily.
“They have started in a great way but, especially this season, the games against Celtic will be so, so important.
“The four Old Firms will make the difference in the end. The 12 points that you play for will be so important.”
This is a chance to make a statement, but dropping points in draws at Livingston and Hibs stops us from backing the visitors to prevail.
Ryan Kent has a decent record in Old Firm derbies and Rangers did well to fend off a bid from Leeds for the 23-year-old following a bright start to the current campaign.
Let’s finish off our Celtic vs Rangers betting tips by taking 14/5 for him to net at any time.
Last Rangers line-up: McLaughlan, Tavernier, Goldson, Balogun, Barisic, Jack, Kamara, Arfield, Kent, Morelos, Jones.
St Johnstone 0-2 CELTIC – Patryk Klimala, Leigh Griffiths
RANGERS 2-0 Ross County – James Tavernier (pen), Brandon Barker
Head-to-head: Celtic 1-2 Rangers, Rangers 0-1 Celtic, Rangers 0-2 Celtic, Rangers 2-0 Celtic, Celtic 2-1 Rangers, Rangers 1-0 Celtic
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