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Celtic vs Rangers: Gerrard to taste Old Firm defeat

Celtic vs Rangers Match Preview and Predictions

[All odds correct at time of publication]

Match information

When is it? Sunday 2nd September

What time is kick-off? 12:00

Where is it being played? Parkhead

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Football

Who is the referee? Willie Collum

The first Old Firm clash of the season takes place on Sunday when Rangers go to Parkhead to face champions Celtic.

It is also the first meeting of the bitter rivals since Rangers appointed Steven Gerrard as manager, who will be up against his former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

Both teams boosted their confidence by reaching the group stages of the Europa League on Thursday night.

Celtic vs Rangers Betting Tips

Here are our three best bets for the Old Firm game:

The lowdown

The arrival of Gerrard has given Rangers fans hope that they can finally challenge Celtic and he has made a promising start.

Rangers remain undefeated 12 games into his reign, while Celtic have struggled to match the high standards they set in previous seasons and missed out on a place in the group stage of the Champions League.

They have a big improvement to find though based on recent meetings, with Celtic enjoying 4-0 and 5-0 wins at Parkhead in two matches in April.

We expect Rangers to be more solid though so the odds boost of Celtic to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 at 5/2 is the first of our Celtic vs Rangers betting tips.

Celtic to win the second half at 10/11 also appeals, with fatigue possibly a factor late on, and we're also including there to be at least two second-half goals at evens in our Celtic vs Rangers predictions.

First goalscorer tips

The speculation over the future of Moussa Dembele finally ended on Friday when Celtic sold their star striker to Lyon.

That means Odsonne Edouard is good value to open the scoring at 7/2, having netted four goals already this season as well as the opener in the most recent Old Firm derby.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Tom Rogic is a player who thrives in the white-hot atmosphere of an Old Firm clash.

He scored in all four matches he played against Rangers last season - the one he missed finished goalless - so 21/10 for him to extend that run looks a value bet.

Where the game will be won or lost

Rangers have little time to prepare for this fixture having had to travel back from Russia in midweek.

The 1-1 draw with Ufa secured a 2-1 aggregate win in the Europa League but they had to do it the hard way, playing the last 25 minutes with only nine men following the dismissals of Alfredo Morelos and Jon Flanagan.

That effort could take its toll once the early adrenaline starts to wear off and is why we're expecting Celtic to take control after the break.

Rangers have also received two cards during the league campaign and that indiscipline is a concern heading into an Old Firm game.

Gerrard admitted: "We have to find some discipline because as a group ours hasn't been good enough so far."

<p">Celtic's squad have more experience of the big occasions and that could prove decisive on Sunday.

Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football