Our prediction for this Scottish Premiership match:
There will be fireworks when Celtic and Rangers, the two bitter local rivals, face each other at Celtic Park in the Old Firm derby. The Hoops are eyeing their twelfth consecutive win in the Scottish Premier League, but they would be happy with one point from the Celtic Park showdown as well as they are five points clear of the Steven Gerrard’s troops in the standings.
Neil Lennon’s troops recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win over St. Mirren on Boxing Day, but the team’s performance in the second half of the game was anything but brilliant. Rangers, on the other hand, were struggling to break the deadlock in Thursday’s football match against Kilmarnock, but thanks to Alfredo Morelos’ goal they eventually picked up vital three points from the match. The Gers are eager to get their revenge on Celtic for the League Cup defeat, but they should be happy with one point from the Old Firm derby as well.
Highlighted Player (Scott Sinclair):
At the age of nine, Scott Sinclair joined Bristol Rovers youth school and seven years later he signed a deal with Chelsea. However, the winger played no more than five league games for Chelsea as he spent a big part of his career on loan at Plymouth, QPR, Charlton, Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, WBA and Aston Villa. He played for Swansea City between 2010 and 2012, scoring 28 goals in 82 league appearances for the Welsh outfit.
On 19 May, 2015 Sinclair signed a permanent deal with Aston Villa, but he failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign. He scored only two goals in 21 league appearances for the team and the Villans eventually dropped to the Championship.
The Aston Villa winger, who is capable of playing on both sides of the field, has 7 caps for England U21 and it has to be noted that he made 4 appearances for Great Britain, scoring one goal for Team GB. Scott Sinclair was born in Bath, England on 25 March, 1989.
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.