Our prediction for this Scottish Premiership match:
Sparkles will be flying when Celtic and Rangers face each other at Celtic Park in the Old Firm derby. The Hoops aim to build on back-to-back wins over Livingston and Dundee, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Philippe Clement’s troops. Mikey Johnston is widely expected to return to the starting XI after scoring a brace in the Boxing Day triumph, whereas both Liel Abada and James McCarthy remain in the recovery room.
The Gers, on the other hand, look unstoppable at the moment, with the team eyeing their seventh consecutive win in all competitions. Celtic, though, are tough to beat at home and we predict that the two bitter rivals are going to share the spoils in Saturday’s showdown. The likes of Jose Cifuentes, Tom Lawrence, John Lundstram, Kemar Roofe, Danilo Pereira, Ryan Jack, Nicolas Raskin, and Steven Davis miss out with injuries for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Joe Hart):
Joe Hart is an English goalkeeper who was born on 19 April, 1987. Following a three-year spell with Shrewsbury Town, Hart joined big-spending Manchester City in 2006. After ending his loan spell with with Birmingham City (2010), he returned to Man City and he has been playing for the Etihad Stadium outfit ever since.
Joe Hart earned his 63rd cap for England at the Euro 2016 finals, but he has yet to win a trophy at the major tournaments with the Three Lions. On the other hand, the 29-year-old goalkeeper has clinched two Premier League trophies with Manchester City (2011/2012, 2013/2014) and the FA Cup title in 2011.
Speaking of his individual honours, Joe Hart has won the Premier League Golden Glove award on four occasions (2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2014/2015). Hart made his England debut against Trinidad & Tobago on 1 June, 2008. It has to be noted that he managed to keep a clean sheet on his debut for the English national team.
Highlighted Team (Rangers):
Glasgow Rangers are one of the two synonyms for Scottish Football. Glasgow Rangers were founded back in 1872 and they have been playing an important role in the Scottish top flight ever since. The Gers won their 54th Scottish Premier League title in the 2010/2011 season, but winning of European Cup Winners’ Cup trophy in 1972 is considered the club’s biggest success.
Glasgow Rangers defeated Dynamo Moscow in the final of the competition, with the likes of Stein and Johnston (two goals) scoring for the Scottish side. Celtic are considered the club’s biggest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two teams meet in the Old Firm derby. The likes of Paul Gascoigne, David Weir, Stefan Klos, Chris Boyd, Ian Durrant and Kenny Miller are some of Rangers’ former notable players.
It has to be noted that the Gers welcome their rivals at Ibrox Stadium, the venue with the capacity of 50,817. Rangers’ support is largely drawn from the Protestant Unionist community.