Saturday, January 28

Celtic vs Rangers: Old Firm derby – LIVE!


Title glory can be all-but confirmed for the Bhoys today with victory over their most bitter rivals.

Celtic enter this lunchtime derby boasting a six-point lead over Rangers with only three games remaining after this clash, making it a huge showdown for the Scottish Premiership crown.

A run of six league victories in a row have put Ange Postecoglou’s side in the driving seat and Celtic Park will be bouncing as they look to reclaim the trophy lost to the blue side of Glasgow a year ago.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is out to guide his depleted Gers to a spectacular comeback in both domestic and continental terms.

Not only is he fighting to save the title having lost the Old Firm clash at Ibrox last month, his team come into the game off the back of a 1-0 defeat to RB Leipzig in the Europa League.

With kick-off at 12pm BST, keep up to date with all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog…

Live updates

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How the visitors line up today

Rangers XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Bassey, Barisic; Lundstram, Davis; Arfield, Aribo, Kent; Fashion Jr.

Subs: McLaughlin, King, Jack, Kamara, Sands, Lowry, Amad, Itten, Wright.

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How Celtic line up…

Celtic XI: Hart; Ralston, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor; McGregor, Hatate, O’Riley; Jota, Maeda, Kyogo.

Subs: Bain, Bitton, Abada, Giakoumakis, Turnbull, McCarthy, Rogic, Forrest, Welsh.

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Another one of these today will do Rangers very nicely…

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Anthony Ralston has praised the atmosphere at Celtic under Ange Postecoglou as they look to reclaim the Scottish title.

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“We’ve got a great changing room and everyone that’s been here from previous years or this year, we’ve embraced each other,” he said.

“Especially with the Japanese boys and the language barrier there, we’ve had a lot of time to bond with each other and that’s driven by the manager and the personnel he brings in.

“I like to have a bit of banter and that’s important in the changing room and it’s important you make an effort where there is a language barrier and people are trying to settle.”

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Just under 90 minutes to kick-off!

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Head to head record

Celtic wins: 161

Draws: 100

Rangers wins: 168

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Evening Standard score prediction

With a six-point lead and vociferous home backing to their advantage, the Bhoys should have enough to secure the victory and, effectively, the title in this derby.

A 2-0 Celtic win.

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Rangers are sweating over Aaron Ramsey and Kemar Roofe returning to their line-up after being forced to miss the trip to Germany, with Alfredo Morelos and Ianis Hag both out. Leon Balogun is suspended.

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Early team news

Josip Juranovic is the headline absentee for the hosts, who look to bring the likes of Tomas Rogic and David Turnbull back into their XI after being rested last time out.

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