Celtic vs Rangers Preview, Key Stats, and Predicted Lineups – originally published on Sportslens.com
Celtic vs Rangers
Scottish Premiership 2020/21
Nov. October, 12:30 pm BST
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Celtic hosts Rangers in Saturday's Old Firm Derby and the Scottish champions will try to overtake their bitter rivals and win first place in the table to reach.
Celtic are currently second in the table, one point behind Steven Gerrards Rangers. However, you have a game in hand.
Neil Lennon's side goes into this game after five straight wins and will be full of confidence. Celtic have an all round better squad and they will appreciate their chances of a home win.
Meanwhile, this year the Rangers have improved and they have been doing just as well in the league so far. The Ibrox team are at the top of the table and will try to stay there after the derby game ends.
Both teams were equally impressive this year and this should be an open competition. With Edouard, Forrest, Morelos and Kent, there could be a ton of high-profile attacking talent.
Even so, the Rangers have played eight clean sheets in their ten league games so far, and Gerrard wants his team to fail the Celtic attack here.
It will be interesting to see who comes out on top in the end. Rangers managed to beat Celtic away in their last derby game.
Odsonne Edouard tested positive for coronavirus while touring with the French U21s but is expected to return for tomorrow's game.
Meanwhile, Hatem Elhamed, Nir Bitton and Ryan Christie are isolating themselves according to the protocols after coming into close contact with Covid-19 positive players in international service. They are expected to be absent on Saturday.
Declaration by the Celtic Football Club https://t.co/BMKzIxtmH3
– Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) October 12, 2020
As for the Rangers, Nikola Katic is ruled out with an injury, and Helander, McGregor, Aribo and Roofe are in doubt. New signing Bongai Zungu will also be missing.
SG: We are still evaluating the international players who have arrived. We won't have a full update on the international guys until later today.
Joe Aribo and Roofe are very close, but this game might be a little early to return.
– Rangers Football Club (@ RangersFC) October 16, 2020
SG: Bongani Zungu is currently in quarantine, so unfortunately we won't see him for another 10 days. We sorted him out with fitness equipment so he can work out from home.
– Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) October 16, 2020
Probable starting positions
Celtic possible starting positions: Barkas; Jullien, Duffy, Ajer; Frimpong, Ntcham, Brown, McGregor, Taylor; Elyounoussi, Ajeti
Rangers possible starting line-up: McLaughlin; Tavernier, Goldson, Balogun, Barisic; Kamara, Jack, Davis; Hagi, Kent; Defoe
Rangers have conceded 3 goals in their last 10 league games. Celtic have allowed 5 in the last 9 games.
Both Celtic and Rangers are unbeaten in the Scottish League this season.
Celtic have won the last 8 home games in the league.
Celtic have scored at least 3 goals in their last 8 home games in the league.
Both teams have won three of the last six games between the two teams.