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Celtic v Rangers: Scottish Premiership – live! | scottish premiership


Celtic: Hart, Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor, O’Riley, McGregor, Hatate, Abada, Furuhashi, Jota.

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Subs: Jenz, Giakoumakis, Haksabanovic, Mooy, Turnbull, Siegrist, Maeda, Forrest, Ralston.

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Rangers: McLaughlin, Tavernier, Goldson, Sands, Barisic, Kamara, Lundstram, Tillman, Davis, Kent, Colak.

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Subs: Yilmaz, McGregor, Jack, Morelos, Scott Wright, Sakala, Arfield, King, Devine.

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Referee: Nick Walsh (Scotland)

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With Real Madrid coming to town on Tuesday, today marks the start of a big few days for Celtic and Ange Postocoglou is lucky enough to have a full squad to choose from. Having rested several big names for Wednesday’s League Cup win over Ross County, changes are expected. Matt O’Reilly and Reo Hatate look likely to return to midfield, replacing Aaron Mooy and David Turnball. With Kyogo set to lead the line, Jota and Liel Abada are the most likely contenders to play either side of him.

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Rangers play Ajax on Wednesday and Giovanni van Bronckhorst has several players sidelined, with defenders Filip Helander, Ben Davies and John Souttar all ruled out. Further up the field, Tom Lawrence, Kemar Roofe and Ianis Hagi are also injured, while Alfredo Morelos has missed Rangers’ past two games on the back of questions over his fitness and attitude. His manager confirmed yesterday that the Colombian will be in today’s matchday squad.

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“From the moment in 1985 when Aberdeen claimed the Premier Division, the gulf between one – or in this case, two – Scottish sides and the rest has never been so alarming,” writes Ewan Murray. “Those who ignore the chasm, largely on the basis of tribal obsession, are burying their heads in the sand. Scotland’s top flight has the unpredictability of the university boat race.”

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Celtic Park is the venue as reigning champions Celtic host Rangers in an eagerly anticipated first Old Firm derby of the season. Having won five games out of five, a win for the hosts would stretch their lead at the top of the table to five points, while victory for Rangers would see them leapfrog their Glasgow rivals to go top of the table.

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With six Premiership goals to his name already, in-form striker Kyogo will be hoping to score his first in an Old Firm derby, while Croatian striker Antonio Colak will be getting his first taste of this fixture after bagging seven goals in all competitions for Rangers already this season. Kick-off at Celtic Park is at 12.30pm but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.

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Celtic v Rangers line-ups

Celtic: Hart, Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor, O’Riley, McGregor, Hatate, Abada, Furuhashi, Jota.

Subs: Jenz, Giakoumakis, Haksabanovic, Mooy, Turnbull, Siegrist, Maeda, Forrest, Ralston.

Rangers: McLaughlin, Tavernier, Goldson, Sands, Barisic, Kamara, Lundstram, Tillman, Davis, Kent, Colak.

Subs: Yilmaz, McGregor, Jack, Morelos, Scott Wright, Sakala, Arfield, King, Devine.

Referee: Nick Walsh (Scotland)

Giovanni van Bronckhorst: “The stakes are always high in an Old Firm,” said the Rangers manager. “”We go out to go all in and win the game. If you see all the games we played last season, they were very close. Apart from the game in February. The performance then wasn’t at the level we needed to compete All the games after, I think the margins were close. That will be the same tomorrow. If you have games so close, it will be decided by details. We need to make sure the details that will make the difference will be on our side.

On Alfredo Morelos: “Yes, Alfredo is in the squad for tomorrow,” he said. “I had good talks with him last Sunday. I think he understood the message and also worked hard to be back and help the team because he is still a quality player with lots of threats in front of goal. His training from him this week was very positive. He will be included tomorrow. You want players in the squad who can change games. Alfredo can do that. He is a big threat in front of goal. It gives me another option to play with him. I’m happy for all of us he’s back. I have looks positive.”

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst has stood in the Rangers technical area for five Old Firm derbies but played in 10 during his previous stint at the club. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

Ange Postecoglou: “It’s a significant game,” said the Celtic manager with considerable understatement in his pre-match press conference. “We obviously had an important game on Wednesday to make sure we maintained our good form and this will be a good challenge for us.

“They have started the season strongly as well and we’ll have to play to the best of our ability. At the same time, we’ve been consistent and improved a little every week, and that’s what we’ll take into this game. We know we are hard to stop when we are at our best.

“You want to be involved in big games and test yourself against the best all the time. If you don’t enjoy these games you’re better off not being part of a football club like this.”

Ange Postecoglou
Ange Postecoglou will manage Celtic in an Old Firm derby for the sixth time today. Photograph: Steve Welsh/PA

Today’s match officials

Nick Walsh
Nick Walsh has the unenviable task of trying to maintain order at Celtic Park this afternoon. Photograph: Jennifer Lorenzini/Reuters

Early team news

With Real Madrid coming to town on Tuesday, today marks the start of a big few days for Celtic and Ange Postocoglou is lucky enough to have a full squad to choose from. Having rested several big names for Wednesday’s League Cup win over Ross County, changes are expected. Matt O’Reilly and Reo Hatate look likely to return to midfield, replacing Aaron Mooy and David Turnball. With Kyogo set to lead the line, Jota and Liel Abada are the most likely contenders to play either side of him.

Rangers play Ajax on Wednesday and Giovanni van Bronckhorst has several players sidelined, with defenders Filip Helander, Ben Davies and John Souttar all ruled out. Further up the field, Tom Lawrence, Kemar Roofe and Ianis Hagi are also injured, while Alfredo Morelos has missed Rangers’ past two games on the back of him’s questions about his fitness and attitude. His manager confirmed yesterday that the Colombian will be in today’s matchday squad.

Alfredo Morelo
Old Firm pantomime villain Alfredo Morelos will be in the Rangers squad today after sitting out his side’s last two matches. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

Old Firm intrigue can’t mask broader problems

“From the moment in 1985 when Aberdeen claimed the Premier Division, the gulf between one – or in this case, two – Scottish sides and the rest has never been so alarming,” writes Ewan Murray. “Those who ignore the chasm, largely on the basis of tribal obsession, are burying their heads in the sand. Scotland’s top flight has the unpredictability of the university boat race.”

Scottish Premiership: Celtic v Rangers

Celtic Park is the venue as reigning champions Celtic host Rangers in an eagerly anticipated first Old Firm derby of the season. Having won five games out of five, a win for the hosts would stretch their lead at the top of the table to five points, while victory for Rangers would see them leapfrog their Glasgow rivals to go top of the table.

With six Premiership goals to his name already, in-form striker Kyogo will be hoping to score his first in an Old Firm derby, while Croatian striker Antonio Colak will be getting his first taste of this fixture after bagging seven goals in all competitions for Rangers already this season. Kick-off at Celtic Park is at 12.30pm but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.


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