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

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Although the famous Glasgow Rangers have already conquered the coveted Premiership crown, Celtic might still spoil their ‘invincible’ league run by clinching an Ibrox win on Sunday. They got knocked out by the Gers from the Scottish Cup a couple of weeks back and therefore, must showcase more hunger, grit and determination to script revenge in an apparent dead rubber Old Firm clash.

Rangers, meanwhile, suffered a disappointing Scottish Cup quarterfinal exit last week against St. Johnstone. They failed to defend the extra time lead and eventually lost in the tie-breaker. Lack of motivation might be a factor for Steven Gerrard’s juggernaut, however, a win would boost their hopes of a 100-point campaign along with an unbeaten status.

Talking Tactics

Rangers

Rangers have exhibited an astounding defensive record with just 12 goals conceded so far in 35 outings. Not only have they dominated possession in the middle of the park, but also explored the flanks to stretch and create space in opponents’ defence. Their pressing has been systematic, also the coordination all over the field enabled them to grind out results in close encounters.

Celtic

Despite showing glimpses of excellence, Celtic have not been able to find the rhythm under interim chief John Kennedy. But they have been more exciting of late in terms of attacking exposure and the players, too, must enjoy their time on the pitch as they did last month in spite of losing 2-0 at Ibrox. The Hoops need to deal with the Bears’ early threats with more concentration and resilience.

Team News

Rangers

Rangers would be without an array of first-team stars due to injuries and suspension. Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey and Bongani Zungu are suspended for breaching COVID protocols, whereas the likes of Scott Arfield, Filip Helander, Ryan Jack and Nikola Katic are unlikely to feature again prior to the upcoming term. Leon Balogun is sidelined as well with a calf strain.

Rangers Predicted XI

Allan McGregor; James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Jack Simpson, Borna Barisic; Steven Davis, Glen Kamara, Joe Aribo; Kemar Roofe, Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos.

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CelticCeltic would be without Christopher Jullien who is still recovering from a knee injury. However, Kennedy might receive a double injury boost with James Forrest and Kristoffer Ajer tipped to return to action for the Old Firm derby.

Celtic Predicted XI

Scott Bain; Jonjoe Kenny, Stephen Welsh, Kristoffer Ajer, Greg Taylor; Scott Brown, James Forrest, Callum McGregor, David Turnbull; Mohamed Elyounoussi, Odsonne Edouard.

Key Men

Rangers

The pace, power and prowess of Ryan Kent might prove to be troublesome for the young Celtic backline. The mastery of Steven Davis from the middle of the park would determine the temperament of this high-voltage match. Alfredo Morelos fired in his maiden derby goal back in March and might look to add another before parting ways this summer amid transfer rumous.

Celtic

The Hoops will rely on Mohamed Elyounoussi to find the net in view of the fact that he is enjoying a great run of form of late. David Turnbull has been their shining light in a dire season, also the presence of Scott Brown for one last time might make the contest eventful. Odsonne Edouard must step up the show and justify his reputation while spearheading the attack.

Odds

The bookies have put Rangers at 3/2 to emerge as the winners. The draw has been listed as 12/5, whereas the Bhoys have been backed at 33/20 to script a triumph.

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