Our prediction for this Scottish Premiership match:
There will be fireworks when Rangers and Celtic face each other at Ibrox Stadium in the Old Firm derby. The Gers extended their brilliant winning run on Wednesday afternoon, with the team recording a routine 2-0 win over St. Mirren. Steven Gerrard’s troops have been impressive at the back of late, with the team eyeing their fourth consecutive clean sheet in the Scotland Premiership.
The Hoops, on the other hand, will not have a better chance than this to melt Rangers’ advantage in the standings. Celtic have been scoring goals for fun of late, and seeing that the reigning champions are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the local derby, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield is unlikely to recover in time to face Celtic, while both Forrest and Abd Elhamed are likely to miss the game through injuries for the Hoops.
Highlighted Player (Jon McLaughlin):
Jon McLaughlin is a goalkeeper who plays for Sunderland. The 188-cm-tall shoot-stopper played for non-League sides Harrogate Railway Athletic and Harrogate Town in the past, but in 2008 he joined Bradford City. After spending six years at Valley Parade, McLaughlin signed a contract with Burton Albion and he has been playing for the Pirelli Stadium outfit ever since.
Jon McLaughlin made 45 appearances for Burton Albion in both 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons and he has established his self as the team’s first-choice goalkeeper. He was producing scintillating displays for Burton in the 2015/2016 League One campaign and, no doubt, he helped the team secure promotion to the Championship.
Jon McLaughlin was born on 9 September, 1987 in Edinburgh, but he has yet to make his debut for the Scotland national team. Speaking of his honours, the goalkeeper won the Football League Two play-offs with Bradford City in the 2012/2013 season.
Highlighted Team (Celtic):
The Celtic Football Club boasts a proud over 100-year long history which has made The Bhoys a global brand thanks to their unprecedented social awareness that dates to the very beginnings of this Scottish club. Celtic was founded in 1887 with the purpose of alleviating poverty in the immigrant Irish population in the East End of Glasgow by raising money to help their fellow citizens.
The charity legacy continues to this day with Celtic still preserving their charitable traditions through the Celtic FC Foundation. The Celts play their home matches at Celtic Park in front of 60,000 people. One of the two most successful football clubs in Scotland with 47 Scottish League Championship titles to their name, Celtic have a long-standing fierce rivalry with Rangers, with the clubs known as the Old Firm.
European Cup winners from season 1966-67 and runners-up two years later, Celtic have been regular in European competitions since their first appearance in 1962-63. Their other most standout results have been runners-up in the EUFA Cup in 2003 and Intercontinental Cup in 1967.