Celtic Vs Rangers Tactical Preview: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Key Men And Odds

Rangers, a resurgent force under Steven Gerrard, are back in the Premiership title hunt after years of anguish and despair. But the superiority of Celtic has not been challenged yet and the Gers, despite showcasing a significant upsurge of late, have lost both the Old Firm derbies this season ahead of their Sunday meeting at Parkhead.

We can expect an aggressive, electrifying game of football between two bitter rivals looking to go hammer and tongs for three massive points in the title race.

Talking Tactics

Neil Lennon has been clever with his tactics and is likely to field the Hoops in a 4-2-3-1 set-up initially. However, he has got an array of names who are flexible and capable of changing their roles depending upon the status of the match. The likes of Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie and James Forrest would be crucial in controlling the game centrally as well as down the wide.

Gerrard, on the other hand, is set to stick to his preferred 4-3-3. He would look to use the width of the pitch utilising the pace and power of Ryan Kent from the left-hand flank. Joe Aribo has been instrumental in the attacking third and therefore, should feature on the right swapping his place with veteran Scott Arfield.

Team News

Celtic

The Bhoys will be without three of their key stars in Jonny Hayes [shoulder], Hatem Abd Elhamed [groin] and Mohamed Elyounoussi [foot]. They are closing in on match fitness, but the game against the Bears would be too early for them to be available for selection. Daniel Arzani [knee], Jack Hendry [hamstring], Jozo Simunovic [knee], Kouassi Eboue [ACL] and Scott Bain [thumb] continue to be sidelined with their respective injury woes.

Celtic Predicted XI

Fraser Forster; Jeremie Frimpong, Kristoffer Ajer, Christopher Jullien, Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo; Scott Brown, Callum McGregor; Ryan Christie, Olivier Ntcham, James Forrest; Odsonne Edouard.

Rangers

Rangers, on the other hand, are only having Filip Helander on the treatment table ahead of the weekend encounter. The Swedish centre-half injured his foot earlier this month in their League Cup final heartbreak (against the Bhoys) and is expected to remain sidelined for a few more weeks before returning to full fitness.

Rangers Predicted XI

Allan McGregor; James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic, Borna Barisic; Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara, Scott Arfield; Ryan Kent, Joe Aribo, Alfredo Morelos.

Key Men

Celtic

Celtic, a squad of champions, will be relying on Fraser Forster between the sticks. The 6 ft 7 in custodian single-handedly won them the League Cup silverware defeating Rangers and would look to replicate a similar show on Sunday lunchtime to frustrate the neighbours. James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard high up the pitch hold a great scoring record against Rangers.

Rangers

Ryan Kent should make an impact from the left. But the eyes will be on Alfredo Morelos who must break the Celtic hoodoo and exhibit his mastery in front of goal shaking off the League Cup disappointment.

Odds

The bookies have made Celtic favourites to emerge as winners at 11/10. The draw is listed as 12/5 while the Gers are at 23/10 to upset the age-old rivals at their own backyard.

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