2nd January 2021 – 13:30, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
Rangers will host the traditional New Year’s Old Firm, which is going to take place on Saturday afternoon. The hosts are looking forward to increasing their advantage at the top of the table, while the away side wants to spice up the title race.
Match Preview & Team News
The last decade was very tough for Rangers fans as they have been waiting for the title since 2011. They even saw their favorite team collapsing to League Two and struggling with debts due to poor leadership at that time. However, they managed to consolidate and get back to Premiership in the 2016/17 season. Nevertheless, the Gers haven’t been competitive in the title battle, and Celtic managed to keep the trophy on their shelves without any trouble. But, Steven Gerard has been building a squad that can get back on the top, and it seems this could be The season. Alfredo Morelos and the lads are the only undefeated team in the competition, and they missed the chance to win just twice in 21 rounds played so far. Although the Colombian international hasn’t been as efficient as in the previous campaigns, his teammates have been very productive. James Tavernier netted an impressive 11 goals, which make him the most efficient right-back in Europe. Rangers are 16 points ahead of their fierce rivals, although Celtic has three games in hand. Gerard’s side conceded only five times, and although they got eliminated from the Betfred Cup, the hosts can be delighted how things have been going for them so far. Rangers also secured a place in the Europa League knockout stage, and with a potential victory in this game, they would be very close to the title.
On the other hand, this has been the worst season for Celtic in the past ten years. The away side got eliminated from the Champions League qualifiers by the Hungarian side Ferencvaros, and that game just announced their troubles. Although Celtic lost only once in the Premiership, they spilled too many points in draw matches. Their continental campaign was a disaster, as they finished at the bottom in the Europa League group stage. Everything culminated after a 2:0 defeat against Ross County in Betfred Cup, but Neil Lennon remained as Celtic manager despite fans’ protests. The visitors improved a bit lately, and they tied four victories in a row. They managed to keep the clean sheet in the past four Premiership rounds, and they need a perfect display to pick up a win and remain in the title race.
Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction
Every Old Firm is a story for itself, and this one won’t lack excitement. This is one of the strongest rivalries in the world, and the stake is always high. Although these games are very hard to predict, we believe Rangers are slight favorites, and they will celebrate a priceless victory.
Goals Market Prediction
In their last eight head-to-head clashes, football fans could see more than two goals just twice. Since both sides have been very tight in the back lately, and they shouldn’t risk too much, this should also stay under a 2.5 margin.
Rangers vs Celtic
Rangers to win @ 1.75
Under 2.5 FT @ 1.55
Correct score 1:0 @ 9.50